On 6th of February we have another public holiday here in New Zealand. It’s called Waitangi Day and is to celebrate the signing of the treaty of Waitangi where over five hundred Maori chiefs signed what is called New Zealand’s founding document. Around forty chiefs signed the document on the 6th of Feb 1840 and by the end of that year five hundred had signed. Basically, the treaty made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Maori rights to their land and gave them rights as British citizens.
Recently Waitangi Day has become a day where the treaty is hotly debated and the application of it in modern day comes into dispute. Since this is also an election year in New Zealand the heated barbs between the political parties have started already.
I, like many New Zealanders, treat the day as a holiday and have never visited the celebrations they have in Waitangi, which is north of Auckland. Mr. Munro is going to play golf. I hope it rains because this heat and the resulting drought is killing me. The little dog is looking miserable as well with the heat. I intend to do some writing and relax with Red Garnier’s upcoming release Amatista.
And here’s a tip for the day, for those who need some help with promo. Check out the Promo-ho.com blog for some great tips.
Edited to add: I’m a guest blogger over at the Cata Network today and my topic is The Language of Flowers. Read my blog here.
I also have a smooch up at Ecataromance for Playing to Win.