October 28th, the annual observance of Rā Maumahara, the National Day of Commemoration for the New Zealand Wars.
28 October marks the day in 1835 when ‘He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Niu Tīreni | The Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand’ was signed. This declaration of Maori sovereignty was recognised by the British Parliament in 1836.
Rā Maumahara National Day of Commemoration asks New Zealanders to remember and honour those who have fought on our soil during the New Zealand Wars. It is estimated there were around 3000 casualties during these conflicts.