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What should we call our National Day?

  • New Zealand Day (88%, 609 Votes)
  • Dominion Day (12%, 82 Votes)

Total Voters: 691

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  • Anonymous

    They tried New Zealand Day a few years back and people wanted it changed back to Waitangi day

    It was promoted by Labour ( Matt Rata ) and changed in 1973 to NZ Day and then National changed it back to Waitangi day in 1976

    • SerSydney

      No. We are talking about a national day for all New Zealanders.
      Not Brown Mofo Day.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe we could call it “Entitlement Day”

  • Pharmachick

    For some reason, “Dominion Day” sounds like a day at the pub to me. I’m not quite sure where that association is coming from but it would make me cringe a bit if used in association with a day of national pride. Which is not to say that our national day of celebration shouldn’t be spent at the pub but … 

  • Cadwallader

    Dominion Day is already on the calendar. It is the last Monday in September and coincides with South Canterbury Anniversary Day. It is also observed by lawyers and the judiciary as it is generally a weekend for the Devil’s Own Golf tournament. The title seems out-dated now though.

    • Angry Croc

      Devil’s Own Golf tounament, how appropriate for  lawyers.

    • Well, it wouldn’t go by any other name, it records the date on which New Zealand became a British Dominion – one step towards becoming the independent nation that we are today. 

  • Anonymous

    Since Aussie has Australia Day, we can have New Zealand Day. I don’t even think it needs to be the anniversary of anything. My preference is for it to be in August. That would give us a break in what is now the long public-holiday-free period between June and October. 

    • Pharmachick

      Thor42, actually agree with you there … a public holiday in that June-October stretch would likely do everyone good in what can be a fairly miserable part of the year. Probably stimulate the local economy and increase productivity [immediately after] too. This being said, I’ve long been advocating for ANZAC day to be our National day (as was commented on by others and myself yesterday). Since the late 80’s and through the 90’s into the aughts I have seen such exponential growth of dawn parades and national pride. Even Gen X and Y are now bringing their kids to dawn parades. That’s a seismic shift in public displays in 20-25 years and demonstrates actual national pride, large turnouts and no whingeing. Plus also it is not by any means a race-based day, far as I know the Maori Battalion is one of our proudest for all Kiwis.

      • nzd.gbp

        Why would you want to call it Australia and New Zealand Army Corps day?

      • Pharmachick

        to nzd.gbp:
        I’m not sure I understand what you are asking.

        It would still be ANZAC day because that is what the day it is. 

        The past is.

        We can analyze the past 90-ways to Sunday, and that’s a given, but the ANZACS were and are a source of national pride for NZ. Back in those days, NZ and Aust were very much seen as “colonies” by the UK. As I said, that’s the past. And it simply “is”.

        What I’m advocating, is taking a day of obvious national pride (so much so that 25 year olds wake up their 18 month olds to wake up, travel and stand in front of cenotaphs on wet damp mornings, in the dark and bear witness) … ahem, taking a day of national pride and making it New Zealand day. Not doing the same on a day of national division.


      • nzd.gbp

        I’m asking whether the national day of a nation should include the name of it’s greatest sporting rival and the army corps. I hope that I’m as proud of the ANZACs as anyone. 
        Waitangi day is not a day of national division. It’s the day when Maori and British Colonials signed an agreement to build a modern nation. Giving up on Waitangi day because there is discontent all over the news and angry flag waving is not good enough. 

    • Cadwallader

      When Sir Ed died it was mooted that there be a public holiday to commemorate his life. The last Monday in July was pondered. Klark scuttled the idea.

  • Anonymous

    The term ‘dominion’ is meaningless now – it implies ‘not quite independence’. Until quite recent times NZ was covered by some UK legislation which NZ judges would ‘respect’ if need be (very unlikely). This is not the case now, so a ‘dominion day’ would be meaningless.

    • It’s an important point in history. Not something that really has an impact on us today, but a change that took us closer to having our own national identity seperate from the British Empire. It would certainly not be meaningless. 

  • Mr. Bear

    Why isn’t Waitangi Day an option? 


      Already taken.

  • Anonymous

    NZ Day sounds a bit hokey. Dominion Day is a better term. We can still have this Waitangi bollocks, but not as a stat holiday.

  • Gazzaw

    The PC will either want Aotearoa Day or have us celebrate Matariki so lets knock that on the head because it only reflects 10-15% of the population.

    New Zealand Day says it all for me. It crashed back in the 70sonly because Muldoon didn’t like it.

    Anzac Day doesnt cut it because we want the day to be a day of huge celebrations and that just does not ft in with the ethos of honouring our war dead.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    ‘New Zealand Day’ and a condition that it will never be changed to ‘Aoteroa Day’

    • Random Punter

      The trouble with all these suggestions is that whatever we call it, the usual rabble of misfits and malcontents will turn up and spoil it.  It’s what they do.

    • nzd.gbp

      So much to hate aye? You even hate the Maori language? 

      • Gazzaw

        In its place its fine but I just do not see its relevance plastered across Government department signage (OK for Maori Affairs) but I don’t need to know the name of the IRD in Maori.Neither do I need Maori signage plastered across the public library. As a local dialect & a part of our history I don’t have a problem with it.

      • nzd.gbp

        Oh I see. It’s the confusing signs with all these foreign words that you object to. My apologies.

  • Anonymous

    British Colony Day?

  •  What about celebrating the adoption of the Statute of Westminster Act, which truly made us independent. 17 October 1947, it you need the date. 

  • Greg M

    What about the ” letters patent act” of 1983? Or the ” laws application act” of 1988.
    Problem is, NZ has never had a clean break from the British legal system.
    It wasn’t until 1973 that the title of “British subject” was removed from NZ passports.