Waitangi Day would be renamed New Zealand Day and celebrated with a three-day weekend every February under a law change proposed by United Future leader Peter Dunne.
Only National - who voted for the 2000 bill - signalled support this time around. Leader Don Brash said he believed the proposal should at least get past its first reading.
"Waitangi Day, unfortunately, has gained a reputation for being divisive, and not a day of national unification, so this is worth considering.
"I intend to ask the National caucus to support the bill going to a select committee so New Zealanders can have a say on the proposal."
Commemorations at Waitangi would remain an integral part of the day, but not the sole focus.
I'm a little uncomfortable with the political company I seem to be keeping here (United Future? National? Ick). But it does fit nicely with my previous suggestion that we start focussing on integration over divisiveness. If the right-wingers are the only ones offering that, then so much the worse for my partisan loyalty to the Left.