Saturday, February 7, 2009

New Zealand Waitangi Day: Official Cerebrations

At the celebrations at Okahu bay, the dignitaries, the Honourable Anand Satyanand, PCNZM, QSO, the Governor-General and personal representative of our Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II of New Zealand and Auckland mayor,Mr. John Banks arrived on a classic yacht at 9am,led by the traditional sailing vessel Aotearoa. It is a double-hull waka/boat to re-enact Governor Hobson's arrival in 1841. This is the white boat. The brown boat re-enact the Maoris' first arrival, and according to the TV news, the green boat represented the Polynesian's arrival.

The small rowing boats were to re-enact the original boats to ascertain that the boat came in peace. As the white boat approaches, all the little boats line up to welcome her.

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