Kōkiri 31 – Waitangi 175

Published in Kōkiri 31, Huitanguru 2015

The sixth of February 2015 marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Te Puni Kōkiri is part of the Waitangi 175 working group which has been formed to coordinate planning and initiatives across the Government during 2015-2016.

Commemorating 175 years of the Treaty of Waitangi. The sixth of February 2015 marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document.

Te Puni Kōkiri is part of the Waitangi 175 working group which has been formed to coordinate planning and initiatives across the Government during 2015-2016.

The Waitangi 175 logo depicts the kōtuku in flight. It is based on the 1990 Treaty of Waitangi 150 year logo, designed by carver Fred Graham and graphic artist Roy Good. It represents our progress and looking ahead to the bicentenary of the signing in 2040.

For more information about Waitangi 175, visit www.mch.govt.nz/waitangi175.

7 FEB - Pūkawa Marae, Pūkawa Lake Front Reserve, Pūkawa

The inaugural 2015 Waitangi Tūwharetoa ki Pūkawa Festival will cover the story and significance of Waitangi Day and the Kīngitanga movement, community festival, a Marae-based waka ama racing competition, and Opera on Marae.

19-21 FEB - Vagahau Niue Trust, South Auckland

Inviting Pacific women of all ages to attend this talanoa fono. We will record (written or audio visual) the significance of Waitangi Day to us as Pacific Islanders. We will upload all the stories on our website on 20 March 2015.

7 MAR - Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust, Karaka Bay, Tāmaki River or Mission Bay

The event will be a celebration in Auckland with exhibitions of waka tauā, performing artists, and carving displays including tā moko. 29 APR - Expressions Art and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt

To host an exhibition of art work by Suzanne Tamaki and other artists "Flags and Muskets" at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre to commemorate the 175th year of the Port Nicholson signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 29 April. For events around the exhibition that promote discussion about the Treaty and it’s signing in the area in April.

9 MAY - Te-Aitanga-a-Māhaki Trust, Manutuke, Gisborne

The ‘Tūranga’ Treaty of Waitangi was signed between 5 and 12 May 1840 at the Williams Mission Station in Manutuke. Hear about the people who signed the Treaty of Waitangi, the circumstances at the time that the Treaty was signed; and the future that the three iwi are looking forward to in a post-Treaty era. 16 JUN - Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, Pōhaturoa, Whakatāne.

As well as commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Whakatāne, a convoy will remember the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Kaokaoroa, then at Te Kupenga mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Te Kupenga, and finally to the waterfront where Ngāti Awa soldiers departed to fight in the Great War.

Recipients of the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund will host events on 6 February, and other 2015 dates commemorating significant Treaty signings throughout the country. This is a selection of some of those events; for information about other events check out www.eventfinder.co.nz/tour/2014/waitangi-175 .

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