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What’s on on Waitangi Day! Your High 5 Events

Te Rā o Waitangi

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 #livemusic.

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!

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

Te Ra o Waitangi Programme –
10am, Wednesday 6 February 2019
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, Wednesday 6 February 2019

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 Owens

2pm Majic Pāora (MajicsMusic)

3pm The Māori Sidesteps

4.30 – 6pm The Black Seeds

6.15 – 7.15 Chocolate Box

With music all day by DJ Ayesha


Te Wharewaka o Poneke – Odlins Plaza, 15 Jervois Quay, Wellington, New Zealand 6011


Celebrate Waitangi Day 2019 by listening to some great homegrown music in the natural amphitheatre at Kahurangi School. Free entry, koha appreciated. Gates open at 2pm. Bring your kids, your friends, your neighbours! We will have food trucks, great coffee, fun activities and best of all AMAZING music. Sorry NO DOGS (Except service dogs of course!!).

Event details:

Free entry, koha appreciated

2pm Gates Open – DJ Benny Salvador

3pm Kahurangi School Kapa Haka

3.15pm HEDLOK (Che Fu and King Kapisi)

4.15pm Coco Solid

5.15pm Timmy Porter

6.15pm Louis Baker

7pm Festival finishes

Organised by Kahurangi Friends, this is a family-friendly event for everyone to enjoy. Keep your eyes on our page for more information!

Kahurangi School – 43 Strathmore Avenue, Wellington, New Zealand 6022


Waitangi Day — Poetry with Brownies

Funny, challenging and creative. Poetry with Brownies is a group of writers of colour who come together to share their work. These writers speak with an authentic voice about issues they face today.

Members of the group include:
*Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga)
*Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/Ngāti Porou), and
*Apirana Taylor (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/Ngāti Porou/Ngāti Ruanui).

Following the reading by Poetry with Brownies there will be an open mic session, so bring your poems to perform.

While you’re here have a look at the original Treaty of Waitangi in the He Tohu exhibition or enjoy some of our other events, including:

*Tākarokaro — kid’s event 10am to 12pm
*He Tohu tours — throughout the day, see and learn about the Treaty of Waitangi.

About Poetry with Brownies
Poetry with Brownies (formerly ‘Coffee with Brownies’) hosts free, all ages open mic events, for people of colour to share their poetry.

Poetry with Brownies was established as a response to the lack of cultural diversity represented at poetry events in Pōneke. Their aim is to encourage poets of colour, of all ages and experience, to share their work in culturally responsive spaces.

National Library of New Zealand – Corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington – Today from 10:00-12:00


Waitangi Day Open Day – Wrights Hill Fortress

Open to the public. 10am – 4pm

$8 for adults
$5 for children
Family fares available

BBQ and soft drinks available
Military displays
Guided or self guided tours

Covered footware is essential
Bring a torch (just in case)
No eftpos available sorry (Eftpos machine located at the Karori shops at the bottom of the hill)

Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori will be open for public inspection again on Waitangi Day, Wednesday February 6th. The World War Two coastal battery first opened to the public in 1989, and will be accessible between 10am and 4pm.

On Waitangi Day people are invited to self-guide themselves through the tunnels and gun emplacements. The walk usually takes about one hour and there will also be a number of guided tours during the day. Bring a torch with you for some fun!

Visitors will be able to explore the 620 metres of underground tunnels with a free map and history pamphlet. They will see the engine room, shell stores, plotting rooms and the huge gun pit where Gun Number 1 used to stand, as well as a replica of the 10 metre-long gun barrel.

New additions at the Fortress are replica 9.2 inch shells and replica canisters which used to hold the gun powder “charge” bags.

Also on show will be historic photos, and an assortment of military weapons. A DVD of how a 9.2-inch gun operates will be showing as well.

Wrights Hill Fortress was built from 1942 to protect Wellington from Japanese bombardment. In the early 1960’s, the guns were cut up for scrap and sold, ironically, to the Japanese.

Admission is $20 for a family of two adults and three children under 15, or $8 per adult and $5 per child. (CASH ONLY). Access is via Karori Road, Campbell Street, and Wrights Hill Road. All proceeds go to the continuing restoration of the Fortress. There is limited car parking at the summit of the Hill.

Visitors to the Fortress in Wrights Hill Reserve can also enjoy bush walks, picnic sites and panoramic views from the top of the hill. There will also be a BBQ sausage sizzle and soft drinks on sale – strong footwear please and no jandals. ENQUIRIES;Mike Lee: (04) 476.8593.

Wrights Hill Fortress – 70 Wrights Hill Road, Wellington, New Zealand 6012

Waitangi Day – He Tohu guided experience

Join our free, 30 minute guided experiences in te reo Māori or English to explore He Tohu, the multi-award winning exhibition which features all nine original signed sheets of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Guided He Tohu experiences will take place throughout Waitangi day and will be delivered in te reo Māori or English. Offering insights into the stories behind some of the 540 Rangatira who signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the thoughts of New Zealanders on the meaning and value of the Treaty today.

Tour times:

10.15am — Viewing the document room with families.
10.30am — Tour of He Tohu — English
11am — Tour of He Tohu — Te Reo
12.30pm — Family Tour of He Tohu — English
1pm — Tour of He Tohu — bi-lingual
2pm – Tour of He Tohu – English
3pm – Tour of He Tohu – English
4pm – Tour of He Tohu – English

We’ve got other events at the National Library on Waitangi Day, including *Tākarokaro* — kid’s event 10am to 12pm and *Poetry with Brownies* from 10am to 12pm.

National Library of New Zealand – Corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington,

Summer Indulgence ft. Earth to Zena, Ludus, Oanthemo & Spacey

The final instalment of the Summer Indulgence free concerts presented by San Fran and South Cider, coming to you February 6th to bring the series to an end, with a bang!

Free Entry!

Featuring a diverse and awesome line up of local talent, this show promises to get you grooving and celebrating the summer months.
Deliciously crisp and refreshing South Cider is pouring on special all night, and music kicks off at 9pm.

See you there!

San Fran – 171 Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand 6011 – Today from 19:00-23:00