News | 2 February 2018

Te Rā o Waitangi – fun for the whole whānau

The Capital will be celebrating Te Rā o Waitangi in style this coming Tuesday with an exciting line-up of entertainment and activities at Waitangi Park, and along the waterfront.

Alien Weaponry
Te Reo metal band, Alien Weaponry

The events reflect traditional Māori and contemporary New Zealand culture, with amazing acts including Te Reo metal band Alien Weaponry (the only one of its kind in the world), local legends Salmonella Dub Soundsystem, and the always popular Kirsten Te Rito.

Mayor Justin Lester says the whole day is a great way for the city to come together and reflect on what the Treaty means to New Zealand today.

“Every year, Te Rā o Waitangi brings Wellingtonians together, with thousands celebrating the day with amazing local talent, food trucks and festivities for the whole whānau to enjoy.”

Taonga (treasure) from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will be viewable as augmented reality through an app that can be downloaded on the day. Search for the decals around Waitangi Park, look through the camera on your phone, and the taonga will magically appear.

There will also be kai and kapa haka, including a hāngī at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke.

To recognise Whairepo Lagoon there’ll be family friendly activities in the area, celebrating the whairepo, or eagle rays, which are regular visitors at this time of the year. 

Head to the events page for a full programme of the day's events.