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Smoke, alcohol and fizz free Waitangi Day at the Treaty Grounds

31 January 2017

This year the Waitangi Day celebrations at the Treaty Ground are a family friendly event, free from smoking, alcohol and fizzy drinks. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds has partnered with Fit for Life to implement a fizz-free policy for all food-stalls at this year’s Waitangi Day celebrations and with community owned company CBEC to reduce waste.

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Our Nation’s Children winners visit Bay of Islands

13 December 2016

Our Nation’s Children Art competition winners travelled to the Bay of Islands to enjoy three days packed with activities. Students from Otahuhu College, Long Bay College, Palmerston North Girls High School and Campion College (Gisborne) visited the Bay of Islands in November and December.

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Waitangi Wahine exhibition opens at the Treaty Grounds

27 November 2016

A new exhibition, Waitangi Wahine, opens on December 10th in the upstairs exhibition gallery at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi. Developed by Upper Hutt’s Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre, Waitangi Wahine is an exhibition featuring the work of five female Māori artists with reputations for pushing boundaries. The exhibition runs until April 2017.

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds Lands New Education Contract

01 November 2016

Waitangi Treaty Grounds has secured a new three-year contract with the Ministry of Education to deliver Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom to all levels of New Zealand school students. The contract will see more than 12,000 students visit the Treaty Grounds on organised class visits, undertaking curriculum-linked programmes that draw upon the unique resources available at the Grounds and at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi.

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds re-opens Visitor Centre

31 October 2016

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds has reopened its Visitor Centre after extensive renovations. The upgraded facility has almost doubled in size and features a high quality gift ship and upgraded theatre to show the 20-minute documentary film: Waitangi, Birthplace of a Nation. A Carving Studio has been added to the Visitor Centre courtyard where visitors can watch two experienced carvers demonstrating their skills in wood and bone carving.

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds wins at New Zealand Tourism Awards

30 September 2016

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a winner in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards. 28 finalists competed for awards in two individual categories and eight business categories. The Treaty Grounds is the winner in the Māori Cultural Tourism category.

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds finalist in New Zealand Tourism Awards

22 August 2016

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards. 28 finalists will compete for awards in two individual categories and eight business categories. The Treaty Grounds is a finalist in the Māori Cultural Tourism category.

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Our Nation’s Children winners announced for historic trip of a lifetime

11 August 2016

The creative handiwork of four secondary school students has earned them and their classmates a jam-packed class trip to experience Waitangi and the Bay of Islands.

Students from Otahuhu College, Long Bay College, Campion College (Gisborne), and Palmerston North Girls High School won Our Nation’s Children Art Competition which tasked Year 9 and 10 students to create a piece of art around what the Treaty of Waitangi meant to them.

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New Museum of Waitangi joint winner - Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Award

18 May 2016

Te Kōngahu - the Museum of Waitangi is the joint winner

in the ‘Best Museum Project’ category in the Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum
Awards. The Museum of Waitangi is the cornerstone project of a major programme
of development at the Treaty Grounds aimed at enhancing the visitor experience
at New Zealand’s most important historic site. The $14 million
dollar project took just over 12 months to complete and opened its doors to the
public on the 7th February 2016. The new Museum of Waitangi
attracted over 30,000 visitors in the first seven weeks of opening.

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Our Nation’s Children Art Competition Launch

03 May 2016

A nationwide student art competition was launched today as part of an initiative aimed at having every child visit Waitangi before they leave school to better understand New Zealand’s heritage.

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New Museum of Waitangi finalist in Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards

27 April 2016

Te Kōngahu - the Museum of Waitangi has been announced as a finalist in the ‘Best Museum Project’ category in the Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards. The Museum of Waitangi is the cornerstone project of a major programme of development at the Treaty Grounds aimed at enhancing the visitor experience at New Zealand’s most important historic site.

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Waitangi National Trust to Extend Visitor Centre

22 April 2016

The Waitangi National Trust today announced plans to extend and enhance the Visitor Centre at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, with work to be completed by October 2016.

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Friends of Waitangi membership soars

22 April 2016

Friends of Waitangi membership has climbed to 3,500, a 75% increase in members compared to January 2016, before the opening of the new Museum of Waitangi. 90% of card holders are from Far North District with significant numbers also from Whangarei and other parts of Northland.

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National art competition to see more young Kiwis experience Waitangi Treaty Grounds

07 April 2016

A nationwide student art competition was launched on the 30th March 2016 as part of an initiative aimed at every child visit Waitangi before they leave school to better understand New Zealand’s heritage.

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Museum of Waitangi opens its doors today

05 February 2016

The Govenor General Sir Jerry Mataparae will open the museum during the official ceremony at 3pm today. The Museum will permanently open its doors to the public on Sunday, 7 February following Waitangi Day celebrations.

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Waitangi New Zealand’s first Wāhi Tupuna

28 September 2015

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga – the country’s lead heritage organisation – has listed Waitangi as its first wāhi tupuna.

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$30,000 Movie Competition winners announced

15 May 2014

Our Nation’s Children – an initiative of the Waitangi National Trust and supported by Westpac – asked intermediate age students from around the country to produce a video based on the Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to New Zealanders today, for a chance to win.

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New Museum for Waitangi

06 March 2014

The Minister of Internal Affairs today announced a grant of $5.75 million from the Lottery Grants Board’s Significant Project Fund to the Waitangi National Trust towards the development of a new museum and education centre at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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Our Nation’s Children Initiative Launches 29 November 2013

28 November 2013

A new initiative aimed at having every child visit Waitangi before they leave school to better understand New Zealand’s heritage, was launched today.

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Treaty Grounds set for 21st Century makeover

16 October 2013

Waitangi’s Treaty Grounds are set for an inspiring new era with a major project of refreshment launched today, including the building of a new state-of-the-art museum in time for the Treaty’s 175th anniversary in 2015.

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