Te Rā o Waitangi

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

Date: Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 February 2020

Venue: Te Wharewaka and Waitangi Park

Te Rā o Waitangi is all about coming together to celebrate Aotearoa. Bring along your friends and whānau on Thursday 6 February to Te Wharewaka at 10am and then to Waitangi Park from noon onwards to enjoy a celebration of toi, kai and waiata through to the early evening.

Scroll down for the 2020 programme featuring a line-up of award winning Māori performers.

We are holding a Waitangi Whānau film night the evening beforehand on Wednesday 5 February.

Waitangi Whānau Film Night

Date: Wednesday 5 February 2020 

Time: 6pm

Venue: Waitangi Park 

Pack a whānau picnic dinner and join us for a night of Māori films.

Māoriland Film Festival will present a programme of short films followed by New Zealand favourite, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Māoriland is the largest indigenous film festival in the southern hemisphere and will take place for the 7th year in Ōtaki 18–22 March 2020. 

Morning activities at Wharewaka  

Thursday 6 February

10am – Waka salute and reveal of relocated Anchor Stone sculpture. 

After the ceremony, there will be a variety of activites going on for the rest of the day.

Waka House 
Weaving demonstrations from Te Roopu Raranga Manaia.

Maori Women's Welfare League be here with moko stamps/ stencils, chalk art and health promotion focused on tamariki.

Te Puna Ihi Manaaki will have reo games and activities as well as a reo library.

Mirimiri/ massage with Matiu Julian

Kura Ahurea Series 2 Artwork by Ariki Brightwell will be on display

Whairepo Lagoon
Waka rides with Hikoikoi Waka Ama Club

Karaka Cafē
Kai available all day, including hāngi for dine in.

Music through to the early evening.

Te Rā o Waitangi Programme

Midday – Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika
Welcome by his worship, Mayor Andy Foster

12.20pm – Te Kaupapa Māori o Nga Mokopuna
12.45pm – Ngati Pōneke
1.15pm – Amba Holly
1.55pm – Mara TK, Mark Vanilau + AJA
2.50pm – Ria Hall
3.45pm – H4LF CĀST
4.40pm – Tunes of I 
5.40pm – Newtown Rocksteady
6.30pm – Festival closes