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.

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

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

There’s a line-up of award winning Māori performers as well as activities at the lagoon all day, starting at 10am. 

Hop on board the Māoriland Film Bus and enjoy screenings of our favourite short films for Te Rā o Waitangi! Brought to you in association with Māoriland and Transurban.



Programme for Te Rā o Waitangi 2019 (226KB PDF)



Te Rā o Waitangi Film Bus Programme 2019 (567KB PDF)

Te Rā o Waitangi 2019

Wednesday 6 February 2019


From 10am, at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke:

10am – Formal opening by His Worship, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester
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

10.15am – Traditional Waka Salute, Whairepo Lagoon.

10.30am –Te Roopu Raranga o Manaia weaving demonstration, inside the waka house all day

Rest of the day: music entertainment outside Karaka Café

From 12 noon to 7.30pm, at Waitangi Park:

12 noon – Opening blessing by Ātiawa Taranaki Whānui
Ātiawa Taranaki Whānui Chair, Wayne Mulligan
His Worship, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester
Deputy Mayor of Wellington Jill Day

12.20pm – Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna

1pm – Jackson Owen

2pm – Majic Pāora

3pm – The Māori Sidesteps

4.30-6pm – The Black Seeds

6.15-7.15 – Chocolate Box

With music all day by DJ Ayesha

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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.