1974 New Zealand Day

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1974 New Zealand Day
Cat. Mint Unhinged Fine Used
4c Treaty House at Waitangi 196a $0.65
4c Signing the Treaty of Waitangi 196b $0.65
4c Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 196c $0.65
4c Parliament Buildings and the Beehive 196d $0.65
4c Maori and Pakeha Children Studying Together 196e $0.65
Set of 5 196f $3.10
20c Miniature Sheet with five 4 cent stamps 196g $2.70
… Five Stamps : 4c (196a), 4c (196b), 4c (196c), 4c (196d), 4c (196e)
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover - 5 February 1974 196h $4.25
… 20c (196g)
After the 1972 election of Norman Kirk's Labour government, it was announced that from 1974 Waitangi Day would be a national holiday to be known as New Zealand Day. The New Zealand Day Act was passed in 1973.

The change signified that New Zealand was ready to move towards a broader concept of nationhood. At the 1974 celebrations, the New Zealand Flag was flown instead of the the Union Flag for the first time at Waitangi and a replica of the flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand was also flown.

When National regained power in 1975, New Zealand Day was renamed Waitangi Day because Prime Minister Robert Muldoon did not like the name "New Zealand Day" although many Maori felt the new name debased the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Postage Stamps of New Zealand Volume VI
Edited by D. E. G. Naish FRPSNZ and K. J. McNaught FRPSNZ FRPSL
Publsihed 1975 by The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Incorporated
Pages 191 - 192
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