It may have its roots in New Zealand, but Kiwi expats have brought Waitangi Day celebrations to the UK in style. 2014 is no different, and Saturday 8th Feb sees a pub crawl along the London Underground Circle Line.
The origins of Waitangi Day can be traced back to 1840, on the 6th of February to be precise, when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in a marquee in the grounds of James Busby’s house at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. This Treaty made New Zealand part of the British Empire, guaranteed Māori rights to their land, and gave Māori the rights of British subjects.
Saturday’s event might be slightly rowdier than celebrations elsewhere, but the Waitangi Day Pub Crawl is a nonetheless popular fixture on London Kiwis’ social calendars.
The event takes place at 10am on Saturday 8th February. Fun-loving Kiwis will ‘pub crawl’ their way around London, stopping off at up to 27 pubs along the way.
The festivities start at the Pride of Paddington, so get there early and line your stomach with a good breakfast. The Gourmet NZ Pie chaps will be at Notting Hill Gate from around 10am, and the Eagle in Ladbroke Grove opens at 10am with £3 Jägerbomb for Kiwis!