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    Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    by al2401 Written Sep 3, 2012
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    On 6th February 1840 a treat between the British Crown and various Mâori cheifs was signed at Waitangi thus giving the treaty its name. Possibly due to translation difficulties the English and Mâori versions differ causing a 'grey zone' in interpretation. The British view was that they had sovereign rights of the country and its people while the Mâori thought that while they had ceded governance in return for protection they still had the right to run their own affairs. Consequently the Treaty of Waitangi has not featured much in courts or parliament until the 1970's when a tribunal was formed to investigate breaches of the treaty and possible ways of compensation.

    The treaty grounds are now under the care of the Waitangi National Trust. They are a great place to visit to learn about this important part of New Zealand history from well informed local guides.

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    Te Whare Runanga

    by alusru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the carved Meeting House of the Maori. Take off your shoes and you are allowed to come in. The energy of many, many years of meetings will salute. Each tribe of the Maori had it's own carved sign on the wall. The buttresses held from two Tiki, the one in front with an power-pose to defend the house, the one in the back looks a lot more relaxed as if he will welcome all the people. I had for a few minutes the house only for myself, sat on the floor, closed eyes, let the feelings flow - wonderful!

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    Ngatokimatawhaorua

    by alusru Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Carved Maori War Canoe called Waka.
    You should try to get there at the time when they bring it into the water.
    It's a great feeling to see and touch such an extreme different Canoe as I ever saw before.

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    'La Casa del Tratado / The Treaty House 3'

    by elpariente Written Jan 27, 2010

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    Maori Whare Runanga , es la casa de juntas Maori que se construyó en 1940 para celebrar el centenario del tratado de Waitangi
    Está hecha toda de madera y en ella se se representan la mayor parte de las tribus Maori

    Maori Whare Runanga is the Maori meeting house built in 1940 to celebrate the centenary of the Treaty of Waitangi
    It is made entirely of wood and on it are represented the majority of Maori tribes

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    Paihia

    by elpariente Written Jan 26, 2010
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    Es un pueblo pequeño al lado del mar desde el que se pueden hacer excursiones en barco , visitar la Bahía de las islas , navegar , pasear...
    Relajante y bonito
    A small town near the sea from which you can make boat trips, visit the Bay of Islands, sailing, walking ...
    Relaxing and beautiful

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    La Casa del Tratado / The Treaty House 2

    by elpariente Written Jan 26, 2010
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    3" ngatokimatawhaorua "
    Es el nombre del mayor bote Maorí en el mundo y recibe su nombre de la canoa en que el legendario navegante Polinesio , Kupe descubrió Nueva Zelanda
    La canoa está hecha con dos grandes troncos de "kauris" , con la madera tallada y la botan una vez al año para celebrar la firma del tratado
    Nota :El Kauri es una conífera de grandes dimensiones que crece en el Norte de Nueva Zelanda

    It is the Maori name of the largest boat in the world and is named after the canoe in which the legendary Polynesian navigator, Kupe discovered New Zealand
    The canoe is made of two great logs of "kauri", fully carved and once a year is launched to celebrate the signing of the treaty
    Note : The Kauri is a large conifer that grows in northern New Zealand

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    La Casa del Tratado / The Treaty House 1

    by elpariente Updated Jan 26, 2010
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    La Casa del Tratado a parte de su significado histórico es un sitio que vale la pena visitar pues está localizada en unas colinas desde las que se ve el mar y sus islas , con unas vistas fantásticas y rodeada de jardines llenos de todo tipo de flores . En el mismo recinto se encuentran los recuerdos culturales Maories integrándose así las dos grandes culturas Maorí e Inglesa que generaron la actual Nueva Zelanda


    The House of the Treaty besides its historical significance is a site worth visiting as it is located on a hill from which you can see the ocean and its islands, with breathtaking views and surrounded by gardens filled with all kinds of flowers.
    On the premises are the Maori cultural memories, combining the two large Maori and English cultures that generated the actual New Zealand

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    Busby's House.

    by worldkiwi Updated Jan 31, 2006
    Busby's House, Waitangi.

    James Busby came to New Zealand in the 1830's to act as a sort of British ambassador and law keeper for the many British citizens living in Russell (Kororareka) and the far north. Unfortunately, he was only one man and couldn't really enforce British rule on the unruly whalers and sealers.
    His house was built between 1833 and 1834 and has been modified slightly since then. Many New Zealanders call it "The Treaty House", but this is not really correct.
    In 1836, Busby wrote the Declaration of Independence, which was signed by a Confederation of Maori chiefs in Northland and effectively made the northern peninsula of the North Island an independent state. They even had their own flag, which you can see in Busby's house and flying on the flagpole on the lawn with the NZ flag and the Union Jack.
    It costs $NZ12 to enter the Waitangi Reserve (2006).

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    War Canoe

    by grets Written Sep 14, 2004

    A bit of a trek through the grounds to try and find the canoe down by the cove at Hobson's Brach, but it is really worth it.

    The largest war canoe in the world at 35m long. Called Ngatokimatawharua, it was built for the centenary of the signing of the treaty in 1940 and can carry 80 warriors. It was fashioned from two giant kauri trees and each year on New Zealand Day - the 6th February - it is launcehd for a ceremony.

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    The Maori Meeting House - Whare Runanga

    by grets Written Sep 14, 2004

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    I much prefer the traditional Maori Meeting House, it is very impressive, especially the interior.

    The Whare Runanga and marae (grassed are in front) form the basis of Maori culture and society. It is held as a symbol of tribal prestige and a monument to the tribe's notable ancestors: the apex is his head, the ridgepole his backbone, the bargeboards his arms. The interior represents his chest with the rafters being the ribs.

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    The Treaty House

    by grets Written Sep 14, 2004

    I am quite disappointed by the Waitangi Treaty House - there is not much to see here, just an old house with the dining room laid out and the bedroom furnished. I feel it has been milked for more than it is worth, getting down to dessecting the walls to show how they were constrcuted. Big deal!

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    The Treaty House

    by grets Written Sep 14, 2004

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    Built in 1832 as the home of the British resident James Busby. This is where the Treaty between the Maoris and the representatives from the British government was signed on 6th February 1840. The house has now been preserved as a memorial and a museum.

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    Te Whare Runanga - a national meeting house.

    by worldkiwi Written Feb 3, 2004
    Te Whare Runanga, Waitangi.

    Te Whare Runanga sits to the north of Busby's House and commemorates the centenary of the Treaty of Waitangi. It was opened for that event in 1940. It looks like a typical Maori meeting house, but in actual fact it is unique as it does not belong to any one iwi (tribe). Inside it is decorated in a special way to represent all the iwi of New Zealand. If you can get a guide to explain the decorations inside I would recommend it. Maori decorations inside meeting houses often tell fascinating stories, but you need someone to interpret them.

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    The Treaty House

    by IcemanNZL Written Feb 1, 2004
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    The treaty house, New Zealand's most visited historic building, was built in 1833 for British Resident James Busby.

    The Treaty House was extensively restored when Governor-General Lord Bledisloe and his wife bought the house for the nation a hundred years later.

    Inside the house visitors can read notices and panels that tell the story or this house and the surrounding area and people. The south winh contains a small museum and the northern wing provides space for the 20th century story of the place and its guardians.

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    Maori War Canoe (Waka)

    by IcemanNZL Written Feb 1, 2004
    Maori War Canoe (Waka)

    The Maori War Canoe at Waitangi Treaty Grounds is believed to be the largest war canoe (waka) ever built. It can carry 80 paddlers and 55 passengers.

    This Canoe was built for the 1940 centennial celebrations of the Treaty of Waitangi and is launched every year on the 6th February to mark the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

    The Canoe is 35.7 Metres long and 2 metres wide (at the widest point).
    The front and rear sections were made from two large Kauri trees.

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