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Te Rā O Waitangi

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All Ages

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

Bring your friends and whānau along for kai and kapa haka at Te Rā o Waitangi on the 6th of February. There’s a line-up of award-winning Māori performers as well as activities at the lagoon all day.

Festivities begin 10am at Te Wharewaka o Poneke. Then at noon, head along to Waitangi Park for live music.

To keep hunger at bay, festival goer’s can purchase delicious hāngī at Karaka Cafe – available between 8.00am and noon. If you miss out or are heading down later in the day, there will be hāngī available for $10 at Waitangi Park in the afternoon. Be quick as it will be a first in, first serve basis!

Don’t forget to bring a refillable water bottle to help us reduce waste by using our hydration station at the event.

Let’s commemorate Aotearoa’s official national day by recognising the power of coming together and acknowledging our history.

Te Ra o Waitangi Programme – Wednesday 6 February 2019
10am, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Wellington waterfront

- 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 day - Music entertainment, outside Karaka Café

12 noon–7.30pm, Waitangi Park, Wellington waterfront

- 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
- 4.30pm, The Black Seeds
- 6.15pm, Chocolate Box

With music all day by DJ Ayesha.

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