Awesome Waitangi Day events and activities for you to do!
This week is Waitangi Day – 6th February. It’s a public holiday, which means you get the day off school to celebrate New Zealand.
There’s some great stuff happening, the coolest is Te Ra O Waitangi – a Waitangi Day festival around the waterfront area. Events and activities starting from 10am.
For Kids there will be activities and entertainment at WHAREWAKA-A-TEA:
10am: Taonga Pu- tangitangi – make a musical instrument and learn to play it. Make a waka from harakeke/flax and driftwood Airbrush tattoos and balloons for kids
11am and 11.50am: Storytelling with Apirana Taylor
12 noon: Taonga Pu- tangitangi – make a musical instrument and learn to play it. Make a waka from harakeke/flax and driftwood Airbrush tattoos and balloons for kids
But there’s more…
WAKA ACTIVITIES (Lagoon and inner harbour)
10am: Have a go at waka ama with Wellington Tenths Trust and Palmerston North Ma- ori Reserve
11am: Nga- Waka Te Rerenga Ko-tare and Te Hononga display on the harbour and a race along the Frank Kitts Park waterfront edge
12.30pm: Nga- Waka Te Rerenga Ko-tare and Te Hononga salute from harbour
TE RAUKURA, TE WHAREWAKA O – PO- NEKE
From 10am: Raranga Ro-pu- Manaia – Flax-weaving showcase and learn how to make putiputi/flower. Solander Gallery exhibiting ‘The next chapter/Te Ara Whakamua’. Paintings by various artists in residents from Matiu Island. Department of Conservation have brought geckos to view
1–3.30pm: Waka ko-rero (at 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm) by Neavin Broughton from Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust
TE ATAMIRA / STAGE
12.30pm: Public address – Hon. Mahara Okeroa, Chairman of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and Her Worship the Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown. Nga- Taonga Mai Tawhiti Kapa Haka
1pm: Toni Huata and Nga-ti Po-neke Kapa Haka
2pm: Downtown Community Ministry Ukelele Crew. Te Kura Kaupapa Ma-ori o Nga- Mokopuna Kapa Haka. Indigenous Melbourne-based SKIN Choir
3.30pm: Tomorrow People
6pm: Salsa at Sunset
TE PAPA TA -KARO / WAITANGI PARK
10am–2pm: Ki-o-Rahi 4 Wha-nau Traditional Maori Sports games – exhibition and have a go. Hangi available for purchase.
9pm: Films by Starlight: Boy (M)
TE PAPA TONGAREWA
1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm: Treaty of Waitangi Floortalks: Nau mai, haere mai! Learn about New Zealand’s founding document
with a 30-minute tour through our Treaty-focused exhibitions. Limited to 20 people a session
12noon–2pm and 3–5pm: Wailing Chamber
All events and activities are free and fun – everyone’s welcome. Festival info plus a map of the locations here.