It happens every year.
People criticise the way Waitangi Day is celebrated, or not and say it should be done better.
Some look across the Tasman and ask why Waitangi Day can’t be more like Australia Day.
There are several answers to that question, one of which is that this is our day and we should celebrate our way.
The signing of the Treaty was a significant event in our history.
Conferring the rights of British citizens on indigenous people was most unusual in 1840.
That it didn’t settle land wars nor prevent abuses and injustices is at best unfortunate, but doesn’t change the intent which is worth celebrating.