A wet Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day 2015First a word about Waitangi day; February 6th commemorates the same day in 1840 when a Treaty between the British, represented by the Governor James Busby and a large number of Maori Chiefs was signed at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand. So it has the dual aspects of a day of national celebration of the founding of modern New Zealand and a day when the problems of European colonisation are raised. The celebratory aspect always seems most prominent.

I took my X-T1 and X100S to some celebrations in a town called Clive, which in the mid nineteenth century was the principal settlement in Hawke’s Bay. Unfortunately it started raining heavily as I arrived so I made a briefer visit than I had planned. Unlike my usual preference for black and white images, these seemed to work best in colour.

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All images © Simon Shaw 2015

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