Waitangi Day - Celebrating a Nation Together

February 6, 2013 marks 173 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. In 1840 representatives of the British Crown met with over 500 Maori chiefs in Waitangi, Northland, to sign what is considered to be New Zealand’s founding document.

Waitangi Day has been a public holiday since 1934. This year there are hundreds of ways to celebrate New Zealand’s cultural diversity. Exceptional family and community oriented events are being held around the country including concerts, family entertainment, exhibitions, and educational activities. 

The theme of these events is one of unity; a coming together of peoples, communities and families to commemorate the official formation of a unified nation.

 

Image attribution: Hawke's Bay's Official Waitangi Day Celebration. 

Past events

Tours

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  • SKYCITY Mystics 2016

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  • Free Events

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  • Winter F.A.W.C!

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  • Gay Ski Week QT 2016

    Gay Ski Week QT 2016

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  • Fly My Pretties - String Theory

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  • American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2016

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  • Sue Nicholson

    Sue Nicholson

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  • Matariki Festival

    Matariki Festival

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  • Ice Age Live

    Ice Age Live

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  • The Hendrix Revolution NZ Tour

    The Hendrix Revolution NZ Tour

    Randy Hansen, guitar virtuoso and one of the few guitarists in the world to be recognised by the…

  • Wellington Jazz Festival 2016

    Wellington Jazz Festival 2016

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  • James Reid NZ Tour 2016

    James Reid NZ Tour 2016

    James Reid has been the frontman of the highly successful rock band "The Feelers" for almost 20…

  • Blue Man Group

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  • WW100: Remembering WW1 - 100 Years On

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