We have a New Zealand day, Auckland City Harbour News, February 1. It is Waitangi Day, held last week, February 6.
We have had this celebration since 1840.
Of course, the Pakeha majority have not always honoured the guarantees they offered Maori landowners in the Treaty of Waitangi.
Fortunately, Maori have courteously continued going to law, rather than war, to get some compensation for their confiscated land.
We are who we are, and our country is what it is, because of our bicultural heritage.
As a former British colony we are distinguished from other colonies by