New Zealand's "Waitangi" holiday to stay
Friday, February 23, 2007
The New Zealand Day bill would have created disharmony within the society according to parliamentary select committee, the Justice and Electoral Committee. But they do say that it could be a good idea for a completely new holiday to be created called New Zealand Day.
"I welcome the advice from the committee that many of the submitters were in favour of retaining Waitangi Day and having another day set aside for a national day that will celebrate everything that's good about New Zealand and being a New Zealander," said Mr Dunne.
Mr Dunne said the reason for his proposed change was because since New Zealand is multi-cultural, then New Zealand's national day should be one about everybody and not one about grievance.
Mr Dunne says that he is still backing New Zealand Day in some form despite the rejection, as he is now considering many options, including changing the Queen's Official Birthday holiday to New Zealand Day, and starting Dominion Day back up. He says that he is now considering writing up a new bill to submit it to the New Zealand Parliament.
- "Waitangi day or New Zealand day? United Future calls for a change" — Wikinews, January 28, 2007
- "MP not giving up on having "New Zealand Day"" — , February 23, 2007*Press Release: "Dunne still backs NZ Day" — , February 23, 2007
- "NEW ZEALAND DAY LEGISLATION SHOT DOWN" — , February 23, 2007
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