Events

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

Photographic Exhibition: Puaki

‘to come forth, show itself, emerge, reveal’

Photographic Exhibition: Puaki
  • Date: Saturday 26 May – Sunday 2 Sept 2018
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Exhibition Gallery
  • Free for Friends of Waitangi & Day Pass holders

Photographer Michael Bradley has spent over two years photographing New Zealanders with tā moko using both modern digital, and wet plate collodion techniques. Puaki features well known New Zealanders in an exhibition about expression and the reclamation of tā moko.


Winter Quiz Nights

  • Venue: Whare Waka Cafe, Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Free entry

Monthly quiz nights during winter! Come and enjoy a pub-style quiz and special menu at Whare Waka Café with your team of four once a month during winter. Win some prizes, have some fun, and have some great food.

5.30pm Thursday 21 June

5.30pm Thursday 12 July

5.30pm Thursday 30 August

Winter Quiz Nights

Matariki

  • Date: 10am - 4pm Saturday 23 June
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Learning Centre
  • Free entry

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.

Join our team in the Learning Centre as we make Ika Harakeke (flax fish), star wall hangings, string woven stars and stained glass effect stars to celebrate Matariki!

Suitable for ages 12 and under, all children must be accompanied by an adult

Matariki

The Human Rights of Young People Versus Old People

Is the intergenerational contract between millennials and baby boomers broken?

  • Date: 2pm Sunday 24 June
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Learning Centre
  • Free for Friends of Waitangi & Day Pass holders

What score would we give New Zealand for its human rights on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Professor Judy McGregor, a former human rights commissioner, discusses New Zealand’s human rights triumphs and current failures in light of recent research. She then focuses on human rights protections for younger people and those of older people and argues that there is an intergenerational division looming that we should be worried about. She lists urgent action we must take to reduce and prevent greater inequalities and reduce resentment.

As the first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner (2002-2012) Professor McGregor campaigned for the rights of care workers, including for equal pay, in the aged care sector, and she is a prominent gender equality researcher. Judy currently heads the School of Social Science and Public Policy at AUT.

The Human Rights of  Young People Versus Old People

Introduction to Chocolate Decorating

  • Date: 6pm Saturday 7 July
  • Venue: Whare Waka Cafe, Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • $30 per person or $50 for two

Join Kayla Jonas from Piece of Cake and decorating enthusiast Bernice Dingwall for an introduction to decorating using everyone’s favourite ingredient – chocolate! Enjoy a free drink on arrival and watch the demonstration, then try the techniques yourselves and eat your creations. Check out Kayla’s work at www.facebook.com/pieceofcakebykayla/

Age 13+ Bookings essential. Email reservations@waitangi.org.nz to make your booking.

Introduction to Chocolate Decorating

School Holiday Activities

  • Date: 10.30am - 3.30pm, 16th - 20th July
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Learning Centre
  • Free entry

To coincide with the Puaki exhibition, July’s school holiday programme is all about the language of marks. Each day take part in a different activity and have fun learning about using language and images for communication.

Monday 16 July - Seals, Marks and Emblems

Come and make your mark. Design a seal or coat of arms that represents who you are.

Tuesday 17 July - The Art of Writing

Make your own quill pen and ink, learn how to use different tools that have all been used for writing.

Wednesday 18 July - Printmaking

Experiment with screen printing and block printing, and have some fun making prints using different techniques.

Thursday 19 July - All about Dye

Learn about dye by experimenting with colour.

Friday 20 July - Word Art

Make words fun through different fonts and styles.


The King Family Samplers

Lecture by Vivien Caughley

  • Date: 2pm Sunday 29 July
  • Venue: Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi Learning Centre
  • Free for Friends of Waitangi & Day Pass holders

The two embroidered samplers made by Jane Holloway King and her sister Elizabeth Marsden King acknowledge the lives and activities of women in the early Bay of Islands Mission stations. Join Vivien Caughley as she reveals some of the long-silent voices of women at this pivotal moment in New Zealand history, and the far-reaching messages they convey in cloth. This is the second of Vivien’s talks in the lead-up to the exhibition X-Marks: Conversations in Cloth opening at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi in September.

The King Family Samplers

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