Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The New Zealand Day bill has been opposed 117 votes to two in Parliament tonight. The bill would have replaced New Zealand's founding day, Waitangi Day with New Zealand Day.
Waitangi day is on February 6 each year and celebrates the signing of New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi).
The Select Committee that reviewed this bill on February 23 recommended that the bill was not passed. The vote tonight was a formality. They stated that the bill would have created disharmony within society.
Peter Dunne's United Future party lead the bill by Judy Turner and were the only votes tonight.
Peter Dunne said that a New Zealand Day would not encourage racism unlike Waitangi Day.
Dunne is now drafting up a new bill that would retain Waitangi Day, but either change Queen's Birthday or start Dominion Day back up.
== Related news ==
"New Zealand's "Waitangi" holiday to stay" — Wikinews, February 23, 2007
"Waitangi day or New Zealand day? United Future calls for a change" — Wikinews, January 28, 2007
== Sources ==
"'New Zealand Day' bill rejected in Parliament" — 3 News, June 13, 2007
== External links ==
New Zealand Day Bill - House of Representatives.