Waitangi Day In London

3 02 2007

Congregation next to Westminster Abbey. London Eye and Big Ben in the distance.

Waitangi Day is the national day of New Zealand, it celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, back in 1840.

In New Zealand, it’s a total non-event, everyone gets the day off work and nobody thinks any more about it. London on the other hand, it’s a totally different story. Thousands of New Zealanders swarm the streets drinking beers and scaring the locals, until finally the madness concludes with a haka next to Westminster Abbey.

A few shots from Waitangi Day in London:

http://flickr.com/photos/marksteele/sets/72157594515940427/

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