Waitangi Day (wye-TANG-ee) 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.
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I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of Pandora’s listeners in Australia and New Zealand. For the first time since 2007, Pandora is available to folks living in Australia and New Zealand and it is a HUGE delight for all of us. In fact, this marks our first international expansion.
We have been extra thorough in curating some new genre stations for local artists from both countries. We know how much they mean to our listeners. Also, now that we are fully live, listeners in Australia and New Zealand can download our mobile app.
In keeping with our age old tradition at Pandora, I will be hosting Town Hall events in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney this week. I look forward to hearing directly from old, new and future listeners. You can go here to get more information about these events and follow our journey through Australia and New Zealand.
We’ve been dreaming of this day for a long time now, and can’t wait to start connecting music and listeners across continents halfway around the world.
We said we’d be back and now we are, so please be sure to spread the news!