New Zealand Celebrates 175 Years With Canoes and Dance

February 11, 2015 5:16 AM

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Thousands of New Zealanders watched indigenous Maori dancers twirl white "poi" balls in a blur of motion and take to traditional canoes, or waka, in the picturesque Bay of Islands as the country celebrated its 175th anniversary over a three-day weekend.

Waitangi Day, as the national day is called, is marked by protests, music, celebration and reflection.

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