Sunday, September 12, 2010

Anniversary: Waitangi Day


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This is celebrated on our Anniversary Day, our Waitangi Day. Since 1840, we mark this day on February 6th.
We are introduced to a unique experience only from New Zealand. According to Māori Protocol, there is the Powhiri Official formal welcome.
The opening ceremony gives us a chance to watch the Ngati Whatua o Orakei give a powhiri. It begins with wero/challenge. The chief challenges the manuhiri/guests. He carries a spear (taiaha) then lays down a token (often a small branch) that the manuhiri ( Mayor John Banks) picks up to show they come in peace.

3 comments:

Ginny said...

How strange to watch the native bowing to the men in suits. Do you think it should be the other way around sometimes? "Whoever wants to be great among you must be the servant of all"

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

Nice ph0to,thanks f0r sharing s0me inf0 ab0ut y0ur waitangi day.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Amazing the difference in cultures.....