Waitangi Day Events in Auckland 2017

Waitangi Day Events in Auckland 2017

Waitangi Day is to celebrate or give recognition to the event of the signing of the Treaty between representatives of Māori iwi (tribes) and hapū (sub-tribes) and the Crown taking place in 1840 the 6th of February at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands.

The Treaty was named Treaty of Waitangi after the area it was signed in by the representatives.

Over 500 Māori Chiefs signed the treaty taking 8 months to gather their signatures.

Why is Waitangi Day Controversial due to there was two Treaty’s signed one in English, one in Māori the issue that has never been Fixed is that they are both different, so both documents have different meanings.
With the two different meanings of documents Waitangi Day has a different meaning for Māori  and a different meaning for other cultures.

With a lot of people unable to get to Waitangi to take part in Waitangi Day, over the last few years Waitangi Day events have been popping up celebrating Māori and the culture especially over Auckland.


Where in Auckland are events celebrating Waitangi Day –

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West Auckland
Waititi – Hoani Waititi Marae, 451 West Coast Road, Glen Eden, Auckland
Monday 6 February 2017 9:30am – 5:00pm
A Day of fun for the whole whanau come with a picnic or try the divine Kai from the food stalls sitting on your picnic blanket or chairs listening & watching the talents of  kapa haka Groups,  Wai-QWest talent quest performing live with celebrity judges, also a line up of Local and International Talent preforming  – BlackSlate (UK), Katchafire, Aaradhna, The Royal Family, Kings, Moana & The Tribe, Rob Ruha, Ray Bishop, Abbie, Maaka, Ihi, Freshmans Dance Crew, DJ Poroufessor.

South Auckland
Manukau – Hayman Park, Cnr of Davies Ave & Wiri Station Rd, Manukau City CBD, Auckland
                  Monday 6 February 2017 9:30am – 5:00pm
The Waitangi Day Celebration this year marks 20 years of the event being presented by Toi o Manukau in partnership with Auckland Council (and the legacy Manukau City Council).
The Waitangi Day celebration will start with a powhiri at 9.30am, followed by a family fun day of  top Māori musicians, kapa haka, music from emerging artists, arts and craft stalls and interactive activities for all.
Some of the Musicians preforming are  Ardijah, Rob Ruha, Troy Kingi, Adam Whauwhau, Ora Taukamo, Josie Clarke and DJ Manchoo.
This event is Zero Waste, Smoke, Drug & Alcohol Free.

Central Auckland
Orakei – Orakei Domain, 11 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
              Monday 6 February 2017 10:00am – 3:00pm
This event is presented by Ngati Whatua Orakei in conjunction with Auckland Council to mark the 177th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty Of Waitangi.
The schedule is – 10am – Powhiri, 10:30am – First act, Valance & Kiwa, Puputara, Two Many Chiefs, Troy Kingi, Majic Paora, Modern Maori Quartet, 3pm – End.
Also enjoy delicious food stalls, an arts and crafts lane, interactive games and activities for kids, and a new mobile Treaty exhibition from Auckland Museum.
This event is Zero Wast, Smoke, Drug & Alcohol Free.

There was other events and fundraisers around Auckland out there, but these were the Three main event’s I could find that was focused on celebrating Māori Culture.

Also if you see a Māori Warden walking around remember they are volunteering their time to help protect you for anything that arises on their day full of history for them, ask them if they would like a donation – could be Kai, a Drink, some lose change (but totally up to you) just to Thank them for the volunteering they are doing and that they are appreciated or chat to them and let them know your appreciation.

Grab a blanket, sunscreen, hats so you and your family can relax and be protected by the beautiful day put on.

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