Happy Waitangi day New Zealand! For those of you out there who have no idea what why-tongue-e-day is then let me enlighten you.
One day some Brits came sailing along a few years back now and discovered New Zealand in all its glory. They proceeded to take over the land from the indigenous people that already lived there - the Maori People. They got, well, pissed off as you would and so the treaty of Waitangi was formed. It basically made New Zealand part of the British Empire and made sure that the Maori people where given back their land and had the rights of British citizens. The reason it's called the Treaty of Waitangi is because it was signed in Waitangi which is a teeny tiny little village in the Bay of Islands way up the top of New Zealand. However, due to English and Maori being very very different languages and being there was no one there who actually spoke both languages, there has been much debate over the interpretation of the Treaty. Over time things have gradually worked themselves out but there are still a lot of hard feelings between the New Zealand government and those members who are part of the tribes who initially signed the treaty in 1840. When our new Prime Minister John Key turned up in Waitangi yesterday for today's celebrations there was a little bit of a scuffle as someone tried to grab him.
Now that's a very very brief synopsis of the day as you can well imagine so if you are at all interested in learning a bit more then feel free to google it, there is tons of information out there.
We had family that actually lived in Waitangi for a few years and so we used to go there often in summer and stay with them. They have since moved to Auckland but David and I managed to get up there at the end of 2007 – I got very very cheap $6 flights from Dunedin – and no that's not a typo, I paid $6 for flights there and back which with David made it a grand total of $24!
Moving on to something completely unrelated – my outfit consists of a lot of red, a vintage Liz Claiborne (would you believe) grey woolen skirt with adorable pleating and pockets and a vintage scarf. Have you noticed I've gotten into a blogging pattern? I'm posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday which is good because I'm getting into a habit and I don't have to worry about posting everyday and trying to get a picture of my outfit. However, the time is looming where I won't be posting at all for about two weeks, maybe even three. But we'll sort out that when we get to it!
Happy long weekend people and I hope everyone else has a nice un-long weekend everywhere else in the world!
Ps) I finally got my sewing maching back and so there will hopefully be much sewing this weekend :) I have many a skirt to take in, take up and complete!