We have your Waitangi Day celebrations covered!
Bottles of Steinlager and Kiwi food specials. Come on down in your gumboots and All Black's colors and help us celebrate New Zealand! All day from 11am.
About Waitangi Day:
The Treaty of Waitangi was first signed on 6 February 1840, in a marquee in the grounds of James Busby's house (now known as the Treaty House) at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands by representatives acting on behalf of the British Crown and initially, more than 40 Maori chiefs. During the next seven months, copies of the treaty were carried around the country to give other chiefs the opportunity to sign. The Treaty made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Maori rights to their land and gave Maori the rights of British subjects.
There are differences between the English version and the Maori translation of the Treaty, and since 1840 this has led to debate over exactly what was agreed to at Waitangi. Maori have generally seen the Treaty as a sacred pact, while for many years Pakeha (the Maori word for New Zealanders of predominantly European ancestry) ignored it. In 1877 Chief Justice James Prendergast declared it to be a 'legal nullity', a position it held until the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975, when it regained significant legal standing.
Fernie has been a popular destination for New Zealanders for many years for holidays, seasonal stays, and longer, and the Fernie is the top spot for celebrating!