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Waitangi Festival

When:

Tue 5 Feb 2013, 10:00am–8:00pm
Wed 6 Feb 2013, 5:00am–4:00pm

Where: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, 1 Tau Henare Drive, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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5 February – Waitangi has Talent & Royal NZ Navy Beat Retreat
On the 5th February the Treaty Grounds will be hosting a range of events. From 10am there will be Mau Rākau demonstrations (martial art based on traditional Māori weapons) in front of the carved Meeting House. The Kerikeri Creative Fibre Group will be demonstrating spinning, spindle spinning, weaving, felting, tapestry weaving and knitting in the Treaty House courtyard.

From 3 – 5pm the Waitangi has Talent finalists are rehearsing on the waka stage. Budding artists have been uploading videos on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Facebook page where friends and family have voted for their favourite acts. The rehearsal is open to the public.

From 4.45 – 5.15pm the Royal NZ Navy will Beat the Retreat at the Treaty Grounds flagpole, with the Navy Band performing musical items and a marching display followed by the lowering of the flag.

From 6 – 8pm is the Waitangi has Talent Finals. The 10 finalists will battle it out for the First prize of $1000, second prize of The Rock Overnight Cruise for 2 people, and the third prize: Tandem parasail (for 2) with Flying Kiwi Parasail. Judges are Ria Hall, winner of the Vodafone 2012 music album of the year, Kereama Te Ua one of New Zealand’s premier hip hop dance and theatre choreographers and world acclaimed comedian and actor Andre King. Waitangi has Talent is an all ages, alcohol free event.

6 February – Waitangi Day: a clean, green family day
Waitangi Day starts at 5am with the traditional Dawn Service in the carved Meeting House. At 10.30am there will be a church service at the waka shelter.

Throughout the day there will be continuous entertainment at three venues: the waka stage and flagpole area at the Treaty Grounds and at the Trust sports field across the road. There will be 100 market stalls with art, craft, clothing and a large variety of food.

Children’s activities including a bouncy castle, touch rugby games and the Fire Service Kids Combat Challenge are on the sports field. The kids challenge was designed as a fitness test for fire fighters and dubbed the toughest two minutes in sport. The challenge includes a stair climb, the hose haul, forced entry, hose attack (squirting a hose) and the ‘rescue’.

At the flagstaff area the Navy Band will perform from 11.30am followed by the 21 gun salute and an aerial display by the Royal NZ Air Force aerobatics flying team the Red Checkers.

Between 15 and 20 waka will be on the water throughout the day. During high tide in the afternoon Ngātokimatawhaorua, New Zealand’s largest ceremonial canoe will make an appearance as well (weather permitting).

The Waitangi National Trust is working together with the Community, Business & Environment Centre (CBEC) to promote a clean and green Waitangi Day. Fifteen 3-bin stations (recycling, organic and rubbish) will be stationed throughout the grounds. Stall holders must use biodegradable packaging. Only compostable food and drink containers are allowed on the grounds.