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: Sunday 20 March, 2pm
Presenter: Bill Edwards, Heritage New Zealand
Type of Event: Lecture
Topic: Our Flags – A chronological sequence to the flags of Aotearoa New Zealand and some of their stories

Date: Sunday 24 April, 2pm
Presenter: Jane Hindle, R Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust
Type of Event: Film Screening
Topic: Around Cape Horn

Date: Sunday 29 May, 2pm
Presenter: Caitlin Timmer-Arends, Curatorial and Public Programmes Assistant, Waitangi National Trust
Type of Event: Lecture
Topic: Stories from the Store – Collections, History, Waitangi

Date: Sunday 26 June, 2pm
Presenter: John Miller, New Zealand Photographer
Type of Event: Exhibition Talk
Topic: Living Protest

Date: Sunday 31 July
Presenter: Stuart Park, Glass Collector
Type of Event: Lecture
Topic: Studio Glass in New Zealand

Date: Sunday 28 August
Presenter: Moana Cross
Type of Event: Pop-Up Exhibition
Topic: Ocean Pearls, Land Home and Sea Collection: A modern twist on harakeke weaving

Date: Sunday 25 September
Presenter: Fleur Corbett, Chair of Project Island Song
Type of Event: Lecture
Topic: Project Island Song

Date: Sunday 30 October
Presenter: Liu Shueng Wong, Ventnor Project Founder
Type of Event: Lecture
Topic: SS Ventnor

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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