• A toast to New Zealand on Waitangi Day

    A toast to New Zealand on Waitangi Day

  • The Tunamako Maori Cultural Group ......and a warrior with a dangling mobile.

    The Tunamako Maori Cultural Group ......and a warrior with a dangling mobile.

  • High Commissioner for New Zealand Chris Seed celebrates with beer and 'fush and chups'

    High Commissioner for New Zealand Chris Seed celebrates with beer and 'fush and chups'

  • Kay and Jim Gilchrist, Leonie Mack and Richard Short

    Kay and Jim Gilchrist, Leonie Mack and Richard Short

  • Ali Hart and Air Vice Marshal Neil Hart with Kay Uebel

    Ali Hart and Air Vice Marshal Neil Hart with Kay Uebel

  • Vanessa Bull, Helene Clements and Gitte Binskin

    Vanessa Bull, Helene Clements and Gitte Binskin

  • Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Allan Williams and ACT Chief  Minister Andrew Barr

    Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Allan Williams and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr

  • Allison Dalton and Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, Miriam van Balen and Rear Admiral Mike van Balen and Sucheta Chandegave and Captain Chetan Chandegave

    Allison Dalton and Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, Miriam van Balen and Rear Admiral Mike van Balen and Sucheta Chandegave and Captain Chetan Chandegave

  •  Isaac Cotter with his haka face to frighten any rugby team

    Isaac Cotter with his haka face to frighten any rugby team

  • Ambassaor of Egypt Hassan El-Laithy, Ambassadoe of Kuwait Khaled Al Shaibani, High Commissioner of New Zealand Chris Seed, Counsellor of Qatar Mohammed Abdullah Al Jabir and Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Yazeed al-Saleh

    Ambassaor of Egypt Hassan El-Laithy, Ambassadoe of Kuwait Khaled Al Shaibani, High Commissioner of New Zealand Chris Seed, Counsellor of Qatar Mohammed Abdullah Al Jabir and Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Yazeed al-Saleh

  • Commodore Andy Gough with Louise Clarke and Defence Attache Air Commodore Shaun Clarke

    Commodore Andy Gough with Louise Clarke and Defence Attache Air Commodore Shaun Clarke

  • Its not about rubbing noses but is about bumping foreheads and noses.

    Its not about rubbing noses but is about bumping foreheads and noses.

  • Stephanie Mitchell and Commander Mark Chadwick

    Stephanie Mitchell and Commander Mark Chadwick

  • Robyn Byrne, Deputy High Commissioner Llewellyn Roberts and Jo Hill

    Robyn Byrne, Deputy High Commissioner Llewellyn Roberts and Jo Hill

  • the Royal Australian Navy Jazz Band

    the Royal Australian Navy Jazz Band

  • Lieutenant Commander Tom Dooley and Dawn Dooley with Pete Ryan

    Lieutenant Commander Tom Dooley and Dawn Dooley with Pete Ryan

In New Zealand the 6th February is Waitangi Day to commemorate the signing of the treaty of that name in 1840 that gave the Maori people rights to their land, the rights of British subjects and of course made NZ part of the British Empire. History records many ‘ups and downs’ relating to it but the treaty is celebrated around the world and at High Commissions particularly where the navy connection – the RNZ Navy had a significant flagpole erected in 1947 in the grounds where the treaty was signed and is the centre of annual celebrations  -  brings the big brass to the party.

And in Canberra a few days before the official day it was on the green grass in the New Zealand High Commission’s backyard with lamb cutlets deliciously glazed and tender, green lip mussels with a squeeze of lemon, mini venison and Guinness pies, ’fush and chups’  all washed down with magnificent wines that brought friends of and local New Zealanders to the party. 

It was a perfect early evening soiree with entertainment from the Royal Australian Navy Jazz Band, anthems sung by two of the talented Tumanako Maori Cultural Group with their teacher and leader Isaac Cotter playing guitar and then joining them all for songs from their heritage. And to intimidate and terrify us it was the face of Isaac in the haka performance that reminds us why the All Blacks use it at the start of every game. One young front row haka performer reveled a very 21st century iPhone dangling on the thigh he was slapping! 

The High Commissioner of New Zealand Chris Seed enjoyed his second Waitangi Day with a b eer, ‘fush and chups’ and a welcome to all. With 540,000 New Zealanders in Australia he apologized for not inviting them all, but we made up for them in conspicuous consumption of all things delicious from the land of the long white cloud.