New Zealand is about to get a national day to commemorate the battles of the New Zealand Wars which occurred 150 years ago.
The national day has been approved by the government.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English made the announcement at Turangawaewae Marae.
During today’s event he acknowledged there should be a day to remember the New Zealand Wars, just as the World Wars were marked.
Work was underway to determine the day best suited for the celebrations.
One of the things they are asking to consider is it does not clash with any particular battle site commemorations, so that it can be a clean and stand alone date.
June, September and October seemed to be “fairly clear” he said.
A decision around the date was expected before the end of the year.