What Are The Similarities Between Waitangi Day and Marriage?

By grant / February 8, 2017

Well for many in New Zealand this is a special day. For others it is just a holiday. For me it is a reminder of a founding date in 1840 where a partnership was established between Maori and Pakeha.

Since 1840 there have been many reaons to believe that the partnership has gone one way, and that Pakeha have taken advantage by taking away land, language, a sense of identity etc.
For some of us there is still the guilt of how we have demonstrated our partnership, but for many pakeha we feel that we have given away enough.

For many Maori all they are asking for is the partnership to be honoured so that it can move on from the atrocities, and be able to have access to their righful land, to bring back and embrace their language and feel that their identity is relevant.

It is similar in marriage. A legal document that is signed by two parties going in to a marriage. Marriage is a partnership and often we get taken away from the reasons why we married, and why we entered in to our vows. We forget the partnership and why we entered in to it.

According to Wikipedia Marriage also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in laws.

I think we can also look at marriage with love, communication, willingness to invest in each other, and also keeping our identity.

Like Waitangi Day in all marriages there are solutions to problems amd there should be a committment by both parties to enter in to a partnership that embraces each others differences and commonalities.

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