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Find out what activities we funded around the country in the 2024 funding round for the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund.


New Settlers Family and Community Trust

A Waitangi Leadership Camp in collaboration with two marae in the Hokianga area and in collaboration with WotMatters. The camp will provide a range of activities including: waka ama, rock climbing, weaving, rongoā natural medicine, poi-making, mau rākau, weaving, Māori games and pipi gathering.

Another aspect of the camp will be to help refugees connect with tangata whenua, share and learn from each other, and learn about Maōri history and the significance of Waitangi Day. 


Kaipara District Council

A free family fun day for Kaipara to come together and celebrate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Held in the Community Gardens in Tunatahi (Dargaville) next to the Wairoa river. The event will include waka ama, live music, kapa haka, mau rakau and other cultural performances.

There will be guest speakers who will give talks on Te Tiriti and He Whakaputanga and the local history of Tunatahi by local hapu.

Included in the day will be kai Māori stalls, Interactive craft stalls and local toi Māori stalls that give the Kaipara community an opportunity to showcase a variety of traditional and modern arts, crafts and fun activities for all ages. 


Nga Rangatira O Whangatauatia 

To commemorate Waitangi Day, Nga Rangatira O Whangatauatia trust will showcase historic Waitangi images at Korora Park. The trust will celebrate and highlight te ao Māori in the lead up to the event. 

A day of participation, information, communication and celebration on Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The day will commence with a powhiri, karakia and himene. This will be followed by korero from guest speakers our kaumatua and kuia on Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

There will be display stands and resources available throughout the day. All korero and displays will be in most simplistic form to accommodate our tamariki /mokopuna. To complete the day will will have kapa haka, from our local kura, a spot question quiz and kai hakari.


Far North Regional Museum Trust

Ngā Tohu Mahere is an event celebration that revolves around the creation of a one-of-a-kind map, highlighting the specific locations in the Far North where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. 

Iwi and hapu speakers will deliver talks about the ancestral ties to the land, and showcase significant Māori taonga, such as the Kahuhukahuka and the chief Panakareao pounamu hei tiki, which were worn and used during Te Tiriti signings. 

This event is a unique opportunity to delve into New Zealand's rich cultural heritage and the Far North part in making history.


Manea Footprints of Kupe Limited

The Commemoration of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a four-day event that pays tribute to the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi on 12 February 1840, at Mangungu, Hokianga

The historic event provides a platform for various cultural activities, educational symposiums, and community engagement. The participants can reenact the ancestral journey that brought them across the waters of Hokianga by waka from Opononi to Mangungu, creating a deep connection with their heritage.



Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust

W@W is a whānau-centred, community-based free event celebrating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust as an urban Māori-Crown Treaty partner through Waitangi Tribunal Claim 414 (WAI414).

The relationship between Te Tiriti o Waitangi, WAI414, and the current state of urban Māori will be highlighted through a mixture of archive videos, testimonials from kaumātua, and contemporary videos showing the positive impact WAI414 has had on Tāmaki Makaurau Māori, particularly West.

During the event, an education marquee highlighting the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi will be available to engage with for all ages and backgrounds. This combined with key messaging about the kaupapa will also provide a reminder to the participants of why the event is on.


Waiheke Community Art Gallery

In 2024, Te Whare Taonga o Waiheke – Waiheke Community Art Gallery will present NGĀ WAI TOHU: a month-long community art exhibition and program of activities to commemorate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its national significance.

NGĀ WAI TOHU will be organized and co-curated by celebrated mana whenua artist and academic Lorna Rikihana and tauiwi, historian and organiser Sylvia Nelson. NGĀ WAI TOHU’s diverse range of arts practices and mediums will focus on the kaupapako au te whenua, ko te whenua ko au."


Auckland Council
Manukau Sports Bowl, Manukau

Waitangi ki Manukau will be an event delivered by Auckland Council in partnership with the Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA). The event celebrates and acknowledges Waitangi Day with a free, family friendly community event at Manukau Sports Bowl, Manukau, Auckland on Tuesday, 6 February, 2024.

The event will feature live performances from Māori and diverse artists, as well as a curated selection of Māori and Pacific arts and crafts stalls in the village market space, Te Tiriti educational activities, Māori kēmu (games), guest speakers and more.


Te Hana Community Development Charitable Trust

The day will start with a pōwhiri, karakia and service in the wharenui. These activities will be followed by a community gala, and market day which feature music, a band and a performance from a local kapa haka group.


PHAB Association (Auckland) Incorporated

Whanau Whaikaha is a one-day event delivered between local iwi and PHAB that aims to inspire, uplift and educate members of the whaikaha (disability) whanau through inclusive karakia, waiata, storytelling, kai and crafts.

Whanau Whaikaha has been created by a Māori rangatahi leader with extensive experience facilitating activities to engage isolated and vulnerable rangatahi through their work with the Voyce Whakarongo Mai group. The event will support the pilot PHAB kapa haka group to host an accessible performance workshop.



Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa Charitable Trust

A whānau-focused event drawing on the expertise and skills of the predominantly local Hamilton, Waikato, Maniapoto communities to commemorate Waitangi Day through song, dance, play, art and korero. The event will also include stalls which focus on health, education, food, clothing, mirimiri and social services.


Huakina Development Trust

Tuakau will commemorate the Treaty with the community by sharing knowledge and understanding through korero, waiata, and toi. The Whaanau Day, will bring the essence of whanaungatanga, kotahitanga, manaakitanga and maramatanga by connecting the community with treaty knowledge, kai, entertainment, tamariki and rangatahi activities, and a hauora space.


Morrinsville Historical Society Incorporated

A partnership between Ngāti Hauā iwi and the Morrinsville Museum which will offer a free programme open to all community members to focus on developing a shared understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its signing.

Two free workshops will be presented in March building on the commemorative day on 6 February 2024 at the Morrinsville Pools. Families will be invited to share a free day of fun with performances and activities set up to engage all ages.  


Bay of Plenty    

Te Paratehoata Marae (Tunohopu)

Rotorua's official Waitangi event will be held on Tuesday 6 February 2024 at Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa. 

This is a free whānau day promoting 'wellness' with market stalls, specialist talks, guided tours, interactive displays, challenges and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.


Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust

Rā Waitangi is an event to re-educate descendants of Ngati Rangitihi Iwi in the Matatā community. 

The event will unite the community with a kaupapa Māori focus, centred at Rangitihi marae. 

The event is an invitation to the local public school, Catholic school, kohanga reo and kindergarten.


Western Bay Heritage Trust

In 2024, Western Bay Heritage Trust want to build and expand on the free family-based activities, with the key objective of sharing local histories to bring more awareness around the indigenous footprint as well as explore Te Tiriti and the core role it was designed to do and be, and how to navigate the future together regardless of where we come from.


Maketu Taiapure Charitable Trust

An acknowledgement, celebration and progress of the people in Maketu in relation to the Treaty. A service will be held on Pukemaire, followed by some history of the hill, and surrounding area. The event will then proceed to Whakaue marae for breakfast and to view displays about the Treaty.  
The plan is to share information and knowledge about the Treaty and to open discussions amongst us about it. Discuss the relevancy of the Treaty to all of NZ and especially ourselves in Maketu. This year after the informal discussions we will have different Māori games available for attendants to join in. 


Awatapu Otamakaukau Kaitiaki Trust

Waitangi Day One Love Picnic is the only Waitangi Day commemoration in Whakatāne.

It is a community event that celebrates Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding constitutional document of Aotearoa, and also acknowledges Bob Marley’s birthday on the same day. 

The picnic brings people together, to enjoy activities, culture, music and kōrero. It is free to attend, and features DJs and bands, kōrero from the stage, kapa haka, mau rākau workshops, talks by cultural experts and local historians, information stalls, food carts, free activities for tamariki and free sausage sizzle.



He Rau Oranga

Waitangi ki Whaitara is an event that commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in Whaitara
It is a significant cultural gathering where people come together to honour the Treaty's principles of partnership, participation, and protection.

The event will traditional ceremonies, cultural performances, entertainment and discussions about the Treaty's historical and contemporary significance.

Waitangi ki Whaitara serves as a platform for fostering understanding, reconciliation, and dialogue between different communities, promoting unity and respect for the diverse cultural heritage of Aotearoa.


Hawkes Bay    

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incoprorated

The Waitangi Day Family Celebrations event acknowledges the relationship between the Crown and Ngāti Kahungunu and commemorates Te Tiriti o Waitangi signing on the 20th of June 1846, Ngaruroro River in Heretaunga. 

This event is enjoyed by all members of the community and creates an environment where the community is able to share wānanga about Te Tiriti, whakawhanaungatanga activities that support the kaupapa, cultural performances that honours our shared heritage through kapa haka, English and Gaelic music, Pasifika dance and Asian song and a formal ceremony to mark Aotearoa New Zealand’s National Day. 


Ātea a Rangi Educational Trust
24 June 2024 

Workshops and kōrero of He Whakaputanga and history talks of pre and post signing Te Tiriti. Short video clips of historical info and interviews relating to the above. Karakia, He koorero Ātea a Rangi Ka whakapiri mai ngaa whaanau katoa. Hutia ngā haki raising the three flags to represent the Rangatira. 

He karakia mai Papa Jerry Hapuku He hitori o Te Tiriti o ngaa Tohu Rangatira


Waipureku Waitangi Trust

A free, public, whanau-friendly event that commemorates the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The event will include a mass community hīkoi (walk of unity), haka pōwhiri, whaikorero, waiata, refreshments, korero by local kaumatua and historians, and re-enactments of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi by signing Te Tiriti o te Rangimarie (peace treaty). 

The event is split into two to enable greater community participation throughout the day.


Wairoa District Council

Wairoa’s Waitangi Day Festival takes centre stage on in the heart of town at Manukanui Green overlooking the Wairoa River. This much-loved community event celebrates what it means to call Wairoa and Aotearoa New Zealand home. 

This year’s commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi is especially significant as Wairoa marks one year since the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle. 

The importance of partnership is central to the Festival theme Tātau Tātau for 2024, as the community acknowledges the recovery success that is based on many different peoples and organisations working together to rebuild the community.



Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Incorporated

Bringing our iwi, hapu, whanāu and rohe me hapori (community) together on the 6th February for a free, fun, cultural event to commemorate Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This is the kaupapa of the day. 

This is highlighted through the expression of kotahitanga, whakawhanaungatanga, kaitiakitanga, rangatiratanga and pūkenga

An inclusive free event that caters for people from all cultures and walks of life through the mediums of art, crafts, music, kapa haka, activities, education, hauora (health and wellness) and kai. A time to enhance and share quality time, kōrero, entertainment and connection.



Masterton District Council

Masterton District Councils event, in collaboration with two local Iwi, which will consist of the following three activities based around the themes of education and collaboration:

  • Interview project: Interviews with eight local Māori to explore what Te Tiriti and Waitangi means to them. 
  • Treaty Trails: Amazing Race style event, aimed at local organisations, through sites of significance in Masterton. 
  • Whānau Day: Free day of fun, family friendly activities aimed at cohesion and participation. The event will explore what Te Titiri o Waitangi and Waitangi Day means for Whakaoriori and educate the wider community on these findings.


Kahurangi Friends

Kotahi is a free, family-centered music festival on Waitangi Day.

Kotahi is held at Kahurangi School, the heart of Strathmore Park community in Te Motu Kairangi, Pōneke. The aim is to celebrate Waitangi Day as kotahi (as one); honouring the korero of local iwi and our diverse and multicultural community. 

Kotahi showcases local musicians who give voice to our thriving Māori, Pacifica, and diaspora communities: a mosaic of Aotearoa today. Run by over 100 committed volunteers, the festival has grown to attract over 4,000 people. Kotahi 2024 will be the 10th anniversary of this important cultural event. 


Waikanae Marae Reservation

This free public event is a fusion of Māori, European and other nationalities that make up the fabric of the Kapiti Coast today. 

The event will be held on the Whakarongotai Marae from 10am to 7pm on Saturday the 3 February 2024. 

The event is focused on the unique role, characters, and stories specific to Te Tiriti as relates to the Kapiti Coast. There will be stories, education and entertainment for the adults and activities for the children that have a multicultural focus - primarily Māori. 



Tokomaru Research Centre Limited

To commemorate all of our tupuna that battled, challenged, advocated and fought to have Te Tiriti o Waitangi upheld. 

On Saturday 15th June 2024 we will open Hauhunga Marae to iwi and the general public to present our stories of tupuna voices and actions in their attempts to protect Ngāti Rārua, followed by a hīkoi to Horahora Kakahu.


Ngāti Koata Trust

Waitangi at Whakatū will be the commemoration of 184 years since Ngāti Koata signed Te Tiriti at Te Mārua on Rangitoto. 

This event will bring together whānau from across Te Tauihu to engage in these celebrations through raranga, mirimiri, mahi whakairo, mau rākau, tā moko, whakapapa, kapa haka, waiata, urban Māori kai and more.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi will be showcased through the living practices of te ao Māori on Whakatū Marae, empower the movement of the 2012 settlement signing at Whakatū Marae, and enable iwi and community solidarity in te ao Māori activities with a substantial focus on whakapapa, hītori, and whānau.


Te Rūnanga a Rangitāne o Wairau Trust

Rangitāne chief, Ihaia Kaikoura, signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Horahora Kākahu in Te Whanganui Port Underwood on 17 June 1840. As such, Rangitāne commemorates Te Tiriti o Waitangi on this day. 
In 2024, the commemorative events will feature an exhibition and lecture series and also launch a video resource for the wider community that tells the story of signing Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the importance of Horahora Kākahu, which has now been returned to Rangitāne through Treaty Settlement processes. 



Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum Trust

The historic Waitangi Day Commemorations at Kawatea Okains Bay, a nationally recognised event, will be jointly hosted by Te Rūnanga o Koukourarata and Okains Bay Museum, with free admission. 

Over 100 community volunteers unite mana whenua, locals, visitors and dignitaries to celebrate our bicultural heritage. Beginning with a Ngāti Huikai-led pōwhiri, the event welcomes the Governor General's representative, local dignitaries and the public. The event offers a unique opportunity to learn about Te Tiriti, with a focus on Ngāi Tahu, featuring museum exhibits, workshops, heritage displays, and children's entertainment. 



Mana Tahuna Charitable Trust

Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust and Queenstown Lakes District Council are partnering to bring a free festival of pūrakau, kai, activities and musical acts to commemorate Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its place in the whakapapa of Aotearoa. 

Based in Te Kararo - The Queenstown Gardens, manuhiri and community from all over Central Otago will come together to learn and celebrate together. 


Te Atamira Whakatipu Community Trust

Nau Mai ki Te Tiriti  A welcome to the Treaty - Te Atamira’s Waitangi Day will feature kōrero by local kaumatua on what Te Tiriti means for tauiwi in Tāhuna Queenstown. 

This is a chance for new migrants to the area to gain an understanding and ask questions in a safe community space, with family-friendly activities also available, and will invite ideas for the design of a celestial compass for Te Atamira's new outdoor space. 

Te Tiriti and the arts - a group discussion on the role of the arts in upholding Te Tiriti. This event is scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of one of the three signings of the Herald (Bunbury) sheet by Kāi Tahu.