• russell school respond in whare (original)

Visitors from New Zealand's Very First Capital

All our education visits are special, but these visitors are extra close to us– just across the water from Waitangi. Their school is in Russell, where New Zealand’s first capital was sited (at Okiato) after the Treaty signing. Originally named Kororāreka, by the 1820’s it was a colourful trading hub. It grew so unruly that it became infamously known as The Hellhole of the Pacific! Today it is known as Romantic Russell and this lovely group of Year 7 and 8 students was perfectly respectable! Our programmes at Waitangi inspire students to add to their own stories with a strong sense of identity and pride.


Russell School in the whare (original)
Students with Te Pitowhenua. Our performers are always happy to have photos and chat with students.