From the hopeful to the sad, from the irreverent to the reverential, and from both sides of the Treaty signatories table, we have spoken to eight prominent New Zealanders about what our day means.

The one thing the likes of Mike Smith, Jim Bolger, Jeremy Corbett and Mai Chen have in common, is a common desire to find the best way forward together.

Whether we are at Waitangi, or celebrating in our own corner of the country, in our own way – whether it’s just a day off work, a day with family, an opportunity to meditate on our founding document, or a fight for justice: however we spend it, Waitangi Day is our day.

Kua kōrero mātou ki ētahi tāngata rongonui mai i tēnei whenua, hei rongo i ō rātou whakaaro e pā ana te Rangi o Waitangi. 

I te tirohanga tuatahi, he tāngata rerekē a rātou, ko Mike Smith, ko Jim Bolger, ko Jeremy Corbett, ko Mai Chen, me ētahi atu, engari he rite tō rātou hiahia ki te whai i te ara tika mō tātou katoa i tēnei whenua.