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From the Curators: Pandora Celebrates Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day (wyeTANGee) has been a public holiday in New Zealand since 1974 and commemorates the 1840 signing of the country’s Treaty of Waitangi, considered to be New Zealand’s founding document. The day was first officially recognized in 1934, and has since been celebrated every 6th of February.

Official festivities, including Māori cultural performances, speeches and a naval salute, are held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands, often referred to as the birthplace of NZ. There is also a three-day festival with music, dance, food and traditional Māori customs for residents and visitors to experience.

The Waitangi Day Bastion Point Festival will feature some of NZ’s biggest acts that play on Pandora on NZ Reggae, Roots, Dub, including legendary hip hop, R&B and reggae artist and producer Che Fu, roots reggae band Katchafire and 1814, an 8-piece NZ reggae group. Headlining the festival is Dave Dobbyn, one of the most popular of all NZ Singer-Songwriters. His career started in the late 70s with Th’ Dudes and continued in the 80s with DD Smash.

If you’re celebrating the holiday with a day at the beach or having a picnic or barbeque with family and friends, you might enjoy NZ 90s Summer Hits, where you’ll hear Savage Garden, Silverchair, Natalie Imbruglia and Bic Runga, or NZ Today’s Hits, which features music from Six60, Fun., Rudimental and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Whether you’re enjoying Waitangi Day as an expatriate in the States or listening to Pandora from home in New Zealand, we thank you for including Pandora!

Some cool Fun Facts on New Zealand:

Happy Waitangi Day!

Ron (Curation Team)