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Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day dawn service 2019

Thanks to everyone who attended our Waitangi Day dawn service 2018. We will provide details for the 2019 event on this page closer to the day.

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A dawn service will be held on Tuesday 6 February 2018 at Hopukiore (Mount Drury) to commemorate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The dawn service will start at 6.30am with a karakia by tangata whenua, followed by a community service, speeches and hymns.

Speakers will include local kaumatua (elders), clergy from community church groups, civic leaders and rangatahi (youth) speakers from the TUIA Te Here Tangata leadership mentoring programme. In addition, an open forum will give all participants the opportunity to share their thoughts on Waitangi Day and what it means to them today.

The Tauranga dawn service was originally initiated by Māori elders and members of the Tauranga Moana District Māori Council in the late 1970s, and continues to play a significant part in Tauranga’s historical heritage.

The organising committee has received funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council to support the service. 

Tauranga City Council is taking a more proactive role on behalf of the community to celebrate Waitangi Day and views this as an excellent opportunity to work together with the Whareroa Marae Committee, Ngai Tukairangi, Maori Wardens Association, Takitimu Waka Kaihoe, Te Manu Toroa, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Church Community.

For further enquiries please contact Keren Paekau

Road closures

Road closures will be in place on Tuesday, 6 February from 5am until 10am on Marine Parade from Grace Avenue to Pacific Avenue.

Road closures map

Accessible parking

We will be making parking accessible for mobility card holders, kaumatua and kuia and other dignitaries on Marine Parade, within the road closure area. Access the area via Pacific Avenue before 6.30am. The area will be locked from 6.30am until the end of the service at 8.30am.

Last Reviewed: 25/01/2018

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