Te Rā o Waitangi

Celebrate our national day with friends and whānau. There will be kai and kapa haka, as well as live music to keep you entertained.

A red guitar with turquoise illustrations on top.

Waitangi Day is all about coming together to celebrate our nation and what better place than Waitangi Park!

Bring your friends and whanau along for kai and kapa haka at Te Rā o Waitangi.

There’s a line-up of award winning Maori performers including Whirimako Black, Rob Ruha, Tomorrow People and Alien Weaponry.

There will also be activities at the lagoon all day, starting at 9am. The lagoon is officially named Whairepo Lagoon after the whairepo, or eagle rays, that visit at this time of year. To celebrate the whairepo there will be a family activity at the lagoon with whairepo shapes designed by artist Reweti Arapere. Kids will have a chance to decorate the ground around the lagoon and find out more about the whairepo.

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There is a $15 charge for Hāngi from the Karaka Café . They will be available between 10:30am and 12 noon on a first in, first served basis.

If you miss out or are heading down later in the day, there will be Hāngi available for $10 at Waitangi Park in the afternoon. There is no need to book.

Te Rā o Waitangi programme

9am, Tuesday 6 February 2018
Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Wellington waterfront

 9am  Hangi lowered into pit, Wharewaka terraces
 9.30am  Formal opening by the Mayor, welcome by the Chairs of Wellington Tenths Trust, Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke
 Charitable Trust and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, in front of the waka house
 9.45am  Traditional Waka Salute, Whairepo Lagoon
 10am  Te Roopu Raranga o Manaia weaving demonstration, inside the waka house all day
 11am  Kapa Haka - learn Wellington's haka Kupe Hautoa and public practice, Atea near the statue of Kupe
 11.30am  Kura Ahurea artwork exhibition, Makaaro Room
 12 noon  Hangi is lifted, Wharewaka terraces
 2pm  Music entertainment, outside Karaka cafe

12 noon–7.30pm, Tuesday 6 February 2018
Waitangi Park, Wellington waterfront

 12 noon  Opening blessing by Ātiawa Taranaki Whānui
   Official speech by Ātiawa Taranaki Whānui Chair, Wayne Mulligan
   Official speech by his Worship, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester
 12.20pm  Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna
 12.45pm  Te Kura Māori o Porirua
 1.20pm  Whirimako Black
 2pm  Rei
 2.40pm   Kirsten Te Rito
 3.25pm  Rob Ruha & The Witch Dr
 4.20pm  Tomorrow People
 5.35pm  Alien Weaponry
 6.35pm  Salmonella Dub Soundsystem
 7.30pm   Kua mutu te kaupapa (event finishes)

 Formal opening by the Mayor, 
 Formal opening by the Mayor,