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Waitangi Day: Protest, 1990 (1st of 2)

Waitangi Day: Protest, 1990

Since the 1970s Waitangi Day celebrations have often been attended by protesters who want to draw attention to breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi by the Crown. This photograph from 6 February 1990 shows protesters at Te Tii marae, Waitangi, wading into the water with their banner so the official party approaching by launch can read it more clearly.

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Reference: Claudia Orange, An illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books, 2004, p. 202

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Public holidays - New Zealand’s special national holidays', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 January 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Sep 2016