Waitangi Day 2017 commemorations, hosted by Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki in partnership with the Council, will take place on Monday 6 February from 10am-4pm at the Ōtaki Māori Racecourse. The theme this year is ‘He waka eke noa’ (‘We are all in this waka together’).
Waitangi Day is commemorated each year in partnership with tāngata whenua and moves to different marae and locations around the District. Waitangi Day on the Kāpiti Coast has evolved into a community event that celebrates whanaungatanga and diversity.
Waitangi Day is a public holiday that is observed throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and Māori at Waitangi in 1840. The Treaty of Waitangi is a founding document of government in New Zealand and the day has been a public holiday since 1974.
The tāngata whenua of the District are Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, including whānau and hapū. In the 1820-1830s they were firmly established in the District and were signatories to the Treaty of Waitangi at the following locations: