Happy Waitangi Day, New Zealand!
On this day in 1840, Māori chiefs consolidated with agents of the British Crown to sign the Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi), an agreement intended to carry unity to Aotearoa New Zealand.
The present Doodle recognizes the anniversary of this historic treaty signing, presently recognized every year as Waitangi Day.
On the centennial anniversary of the treaty’s signing, the Māori clans contributed their remarkable cutting styles to construct Te Whare Rūnanga (the House of Assembly), the gathering house portrayed in the present Doodle artwork.
The unmistakable carvings and mind boggling tukutuku boards in the Whare configuration address Māori all through Aotearoa as it unites the narratives and styles of all Iwi (clans), displaying a remarkable exhibition of Māori craftsmanship, just to act as an illustration of Māori social and cultural life.
Presently perceived as one of the nation’s most huge cultural heritage sites, Te Whare Rūnanga remains as a spot to unite individuals for significant hui (gatherings) and represents the unification of Māori and every New Zealander.
At first light today, a ceremony inside Te Whare Rūnanga commences New Zealand’s yearly Waitangi Festival, a dynamic festival that incorporates Māori social exhibitions and the sky is the limit from there.