Waitangi Day 2019 – Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti and Kāpiti Coast District Council. Me whai whakaaro tātou “let us reflect”.
Come join Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti and Kāpiti Coast District Council as we commemorate Waitangi Day this 6 February at Whareroa, Queen Elizabeth Park.
With free parking and event entry, your family can share in the commemorations that will start with a pōwhiri at 8.30am and the launch of the 2019 exhibition, Te Tiriti, Me huri whakamuri, ka titiro whakamua.
Explore the market space from 10am to 3pm, including food, arts and crafts stalls, speakers, workshops, a kapa haka performance, Te Whare Tapere (Gift of Knowledge tent), and kids’ activities.
Greater Wellington Regional Council are running a Waahi Tapu tour from the event on the day (bookings essential, see Eventfinda link here) and we thank them for sharing the beautiful Ramaroa building and Queen Elizabeth Park with us for this day.
We welcome you and your family to Waitangi Day 2019, but please keep your furry friends at home as there are no dogs allowed in the park for this event.Also note that this is a non-smoking event; no smoking is permitted anywhere in the park area.
Nau mai, haere mai!
Waitangi Day on the Kāpiti Coast
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:
- On board the ship The Ariel at Port Nicholson in Wellington (29 April 1840)
- Queen Charlotte Sounds (4 May 1840)
- Rangitoto (d'Urville Island), (11 May 1840)
- Kāpiti Island (14 May 1840)
- Waikanae (16 May 1840)
- Ōtaki (19 May 1840)
- Manawatū (26 May 1840)
- Motungarara Island (4 June 1840)
- Guard's Bay and Cloudy Bay (Te Koko-a-Kupe) in Te Tau Ihu (17 June 1840)
- Mana Island (19 June 1840), and again on Kāpiti Island (19 June 1840).