Aboriginal dancers perform at Waitangi dawn service

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Description This year's Waitangi Day in Paihia, Aotearoa was different.
For the first time at the dawn service on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan - 2 Path Strong performed alongside Māori and a First Nation American.
It was a show of solidarity of First Nation people from around the world who have suffered from the impact of colonisation. Representatives from each nation that were present and spoke about connection to country, culture and being proud of their ancient heritage.
The Tiriti o Waitangi is a document that was signed by Māori chiefs in 1840. There are two documents, the english version and the version in Te Reo Māori.
The Māori text doesn't exactly translate the English version and it has been a contentious subject to this day.
In the 80's Māori activists argued that the treaty was a fraud and that Pākehā had deceived Māori out of their land.
Here is a short film, highlighting the activities of Waitangi Day on the 6th of February 2023.

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