Events

Waitangi Treaty Grounds has a year round calendar of cultural performances, public events and displays of the nation’s most important historical treasures

Waitangi Wahine

  • Date: Daily until 9 April 2017
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Exhibition Gallery - upstairs
  • Free exhibition

View a variety of works by some of the most reputable Māori women artists in New Zealand including Robyn Kahukiwa, Linda Munn, Suzanne Tamaki, Tracey Tawhiao and Andrea Hopkins. This exhibition has been developed by Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.

Waitangi Wahine

Climate Change Fundraising Lecture by Professor James Renwick

To fund Te Haa o Te Ao – Breath of the World sculpture by Chris Booth

  • Date: Saturday 11 March at 7pm
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Learning Centre
  • Free public lecture

Climate Change – What it’s about, where it’s going and what we can do about it. Join Professor James Renwick as he speaks about climate change looming as the greatest threat human societies have ever faced. Impacts on health, food security, and migration have the potential to be hugely disruptive over coming decades. Learn about what is driving climate change and how things in Northland, New Zealand, and the globe have changed already. If you are interested in attending this event please register by emailing: rsvp@waitangi.org.nz

Climate Change Fundraising Lecture by Professor James Renwick

Waitangi Wahine Exhibition Floor Talk

  • Date: Sunday 12 March at 2pm
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Exhibition Gallery - upstairs
  • Free

Join contributing artist Suzanne Tamaki as she talks about Waitangi Wahine and her contribution to the exhibition. Suzanne Tamaki (Maniapoto, Tuhoe, Te Arawa) is a fibre artist with the label Native Sista who creates body adornment, costumes and jewellery inspired by legends and mythical creatures in the Pacific, as well as traditional Māori and indigenous costuming throughout the world.


Island Breeze Workshops

Island Breeze will be holding six workshops during the day at the Treaty Grounds

  • Date: Wednesday 22 March at 11am. Duration: 60 minutes
  • Venue: Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Free for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass Holders
Island Breeze Productions is a Polynesian production company based in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Built on the principles that cultures of indigenous people(s) have valuable contributions in every sphere in society – their vision is to share the dignity and authenticity of our Polynesian cultures and expressions. Since its beginning in 1992, Island Breeze has grown to become an international organization with worldwide tours throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe.

Workshops:

  • Lomilomi (Hawaiian massage)
  • Makahika games (Hawaiian games)
  • The Art of Hula (Hula lessons)
  • ‘Ohe kapala (Hawaiian stamping)
  • Kuku Kapa (Tapa making)
  • Wearable art
Island Breeze Workshops

SolOthello

  • Date: Wednesday 5 April at 6.30pm
  • Venue: Te Whare Rūnanga. Suitable for ages 12+. Contains some coarse language
  • Early Bird tickets $25 available before March 10, unless sold out prior General admission tickets $30

An event of Upsurge 2017, SolOthello is a dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello set in Te Ao Māori. A story of jealousy, betrayal, racism, love and revenge, SolOthello is a one-man performance that weaves together the original text, modern English and Te Reo Māori. For more information, including how to purchase tickets visit www.upsurgefestival.co.nz

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

SolOthello

Archaeology Week treasure dig for kids

  • Date: Saturday 8 April 2017, 2 – 4pm
  • Venue: Hobson's Beach, Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Free for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders. Free for children accompanied by parent or caregiver

Come and dig for treasure on Hobson’s Beach to celebrate New Zealand Archaeology Week. Unearth your finds using archaeological tools like trowels and brushes, and you get to keep whatever you dig up.Trowels and brushes provided.

Archaeology  Week treasure dig for kids

Archaeology Week - Lecture by Ian Smith

New Zealand Archaeology: A view from the Bay of Islands

  • Date: Sunday 9 April 2017 at 2pm
  • Free for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders

Ian Smith is a University of Otago archaeologist who has been researching in New Zealand for more than 30 years, making important discoveries about subjects ranging from early Māori seal hunting to the first missionary settlements in the Bay of Islands.


Tirohanga Whānui Views from the Past

Paintings from the Fletcher collection

  • Date: Daily from 16 April till 15 September 2017
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Exhibition Gallery - upstairs
  • Free for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders

Featuring New Zealand landscapes and imagery, Tirohanga Whānui explores New Zealand from early European contact aboard Cook’s Endeavour to more contemporary works. Artists featured in the exhibition include William Hodges, Alfred Sharpe, Shane Cotton and Robert Ellis.

Tirohanga Whānui Views from the Past

Easter Egg Hunt

  • Date: Monday 17 April 2017, 10.30am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm
  • Venue: Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Free

Hunt through the Treaty Grounds for colourful plastic eggs. Once you’ve found as many as you can, bring them back to the table on the boardwalk outside the Visitor Centre to trade them in for chocolate.

Easter Egg Hunt

Evening Easter Egg Hunt

Adults enjoy being kids too!

  • Date: Monday 17 April 2017, 5.30pm - 6.30pm
  • $5 per person. No more than four people to a team

Entry via the Hobson Memorial behind the Treaty House. Adults only Easter Egg hunt on the Treaty Grounds after hours. Come as a team or come by yourself – find as many colourful plastic Easter eggs as you can and trade them in at the end of the night for chocolate.

Evening Easter Egg Hunt

Te Kōngahu Waitangi Museum by Night

  • Date: Thursday 18 May at 5:30pm
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Exhibition Gallery - upstairs
  • Free for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders

Exhibition floor talk by Peter Shaw, Curator of the Fletcher Trust Collection. Join Peter as he talks about Tirohanga Whānui and the works included in the exhibition.


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