Te Rā o Waitangi and Whānau Film Night 2023

Nau mai, haere mai. We are proud to present two free, whānau-friendly events, in commemoration of Aotearoa’s national day.

Actress, Rena Owen, playing Dame Whina Cooper in the film 'Whina'.
Feature movie: Whina

Whānau Film Night

Āhea | When  6pm–9pm, Sunday 5 February 2023
Ki hea | Where  Waitangi Park, Wellington waterfront | View on Google Maps
Te utu | Cost  Free

Bring the whānau, a blanket, pack a picnic and a hot drink. Enjoy a night of Māori and Pacific short films followed by our feature movie 'Whina'.

The story of Dame Whina Cooper, the beloved Māori matriarch who worked tirelessly to improve the rights of her people, especially women. Flawed yet resilient, 'Whina' tells the story of a woman formed by tradition, compelled by innovation, and guided by an instinct for equality and justice whose legacy as the Te Whaea o te Motu (Mother of the Nation) was an inspiration to an entire country.

Te Rā o Waitangi

Āhea | When  12 noon–6pm, Monday 6 February 2023
Ki hea | Where  Waitangi Park, Wellington waterfront | View on Google Maps
Te utu | Cost  Free

Te Rā o Waitangi is a free, family-friendly event in the heart of the city where we can honour the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, acknowledge our history, and recognise the power of coming together – and everyone is invited!

Bring your friends and whānau, and enjoy an award-winning line-up of Māori performers, food and culture.

Alongside the all-day performances, there will be food stalls and food trucks from 12 noon – 6pm, activations from Mai FM, and a film bus showing short films.

Feast on the hāngi from 12 noon, but be quick, they sell out fast! 

Pop back here in January, to download the programme. 

Presented by the Wellington City Council Creative Capital team.