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

Public Programmes

A group of people attending Waitangi's Public Programmes

With the opening of added facilities in Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, we are proud to present a public programme series. Catering to the diverse interests of our local and visiting communities, these will include lectures, film screenings, musical events and more. Public events will be held in the Learning Centre located within the museum, on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm from February to November, this is a great reason to plan an extended visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Bay of Islands.

2016 Scheduled Events

Date: Friday 28 October
Presenter: Dr David V Williams
Type of Event: Lecture
Topic: "If you want to identify the date for the birth of New Zealand, which date would it be?"

Date: Sunday 27 November
Presenter: Liu Shueng Wong, Ventnor Project Founder
Type of Event: Lecture
Topic: The SS Ventnor and the Wandering with the Ancestors project

Date: Tuesday 13 December
Presenter: David Neufeld
Type of Event: Lecture
Topic: "Our land is our voice: Yukon (Canada) First Nation treaty making 1973 to the present"

Date: Thursday 15 December
Performers: Corpus Christi College Choir
Type of Event: Performance

Entrance is free of charge for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders. Enter through the Waitangi Treaty Grounds main entrance.

2017 Waitangi Day Celebrations

Ngatokimatawhaorua at speed

Every year on Waitangi Day, 6 February, New Zealanders of all communities, backgrounds and creeds gather to commemorate the signing of New Zealand’s most historic document Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi.

Waitangi Day at the Treaty Grounds starts at 5am with the traditional Dawn Service in Te Whare Rūnanga, the carved meeting house. Throughout the day there is continuous entertainment at three different areas of the grounds: Upper Treaty Grounds, Waka Stage and the Sports Field opposite the Treaty Grounds. Some 150 market stalls have art, craft, clothing and a large variety of food for sale. Children’s activities include bouncy castles, kids racing cars and sports games.

For media enquiries contact Nineke Metz, [email protected]
For festival programme details contact Mori Rapana, [email protected]
Waitangi Day stall holders please contact: [email protected]

Download a PDF of the Stallholders Application

Te Whare Rūnanga: The cave of Maikuku, the guardian of the waters of Waitangi.

Waka: Canoe, vehicle, conveyance, spirit medium, medium (of an atua).

Kapa Haka: Concert party, haka group, Māori cultural group, Māori performing group.

Ngātokimatawhaorua: Ceremonial War Canoe.

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