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What's happening at Waitangi

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

We regularly welcome new exhibitions to the museum’s temporary gallery so there is always something new to see, even for our frequent visitors.

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Matariki hunga. Matariki ahunga nui

Matariki Festival 2019

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).

We have a fantastic line up of events running throughout June to celebrate this special time of the year. Click on the link below to download the complete festival programme.

Matariki Festival Programme 2019

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Watercolours from Antarctica

Iceberg to Starboard

7 April – 14 July 2019

In 2008, watercolour artist, Alfred Memelink travelled aboard the RV Tangaroa to the Ross Sea. His experience culminated in a collection of large breathtaking watercolour paintings which capture the unique light and wonder of the last wilderness on earth.

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New Zealand's national day

Waitangi Day celebrations

Every 6 February

On Waitangi Day the Waitangi Treaty Grounds closes its buildings for the day and the grounds become the location for the Waitangi Day Festival.