[ View the story "New Zealand's contentious national day" on Storify] New Zealand's contentious national day Waitangi Day used to discuss rights of indigenous Maori.
The Stream· Tue, Feb 05 2013 13:27:39
Waitangi Day is a national holiday
that many celebrate
with picnics, barbecues, concerts, and even trips to the beach.
This Facebook post, also trending on news site Reddit, gives a different view of Waitangi Day:
Some feel the division described above denies New Zealanders a day of positivity and celebration.
@KendallForbes Australia Day is very much a celebration Hopefully one day Waitangi Day will be the same instead of protests and blame layingVinny NZ
Waitangi Day - time to rethink as we celebrate?wtEPLg0W4asbGV84H9Y5YQ
Others believe the holiday should be used to foster discussion among New Zealand's diverse groups.
You're free to spend #Waitangi day in a feelgood ahistorical bubble if you choose -- but don't try to whitewash it for the rest of us.Lew
History has woven us together. Waitangi Day is as much about communication as it is commemoration. We are the basket that holds the future.Tame Iti
Remember that tomorrow, on Waitangi Day, we should celebrate our national diversity by not disagreeing about anything.Lyndon Hood
Others condemn Waitangi Day celebrations, arguing injustice is still prevalent. One New Zealander created a Waitangi Day Bingo card to highlight the challenges faced by the Maori minority.
Waitangi Day shouldn't be a day of celebration. It should be a day where some truths are said, some of which are uncomfortable, some hopefulGus Hodgson
Maori have every right to protest historical wrongs that have yet to be addressed. If not being allowed to forget the transgressions of the past ruins your day of sunshine and lollipops then too bad.cheekydarkie
Despite concerns about protests, only a small number of demonstrators were reported at early morning celebrations.