February 6th means different things to different people. It may be a day of reflection, a day of pride, or a day of hurt. For some it’s just a day off. Others argue that it’s old news – who cares if there were misunderstandings and broken promises? It was signed nearly 200 years ago… get over it!
Injustices don’t just go away with time. Without acknowledgement and redress, they become engrained and perpetuated. Aotearoa is a country with much to be proud of and much to treasure. We will all be richer for taking a look at our past to better understand where we are today.
Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua. I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past.
Click here to read the English version of the Treaty, the reo Māori version of the treaty, and the reo Māori version translated into English.