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Waitangi Day Dawn Service 2019

A dawn service will be held on Wednesday 6 February 2019 at the base of Hopukiore (Mount Drury) to commemorate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi.

The dawn service will start at 6.30am with a whakatau by Tauranga Moana Tangata Whenua, followed by a community celebration, 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. An open forum will give all participants the opportunity to share their thoughts on Waitangi Day and what it means to them today. Kapa haka and musical performances will also feature during the celebration.

The Tauranga dawn service was originally initiated by Māori elders and members of the Tauranga Moana District Māori Council in the late 1970s. Tangata whenua, local authorities and community organisations carry on the tradition, recognising Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a significant part of Tauranga’s historical heritage.

Tauranga City Council is proud to support and coordinate the celebration of Waitangi Day and is glad to work, as part of the organising committee, alongside the Whareroa Marae Committee, Ngai Tukairangi, Māori Wardens, Te Kohinga Network, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Church Community.

The organising committee receives 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. 

For further enquiries please contact Keren Paekau.

Road closures

Road closures will be in place on Wednesday, 6 February from 5am until 8pm on Marine Parade from Grace Avenue to Pacific Avenue.

Road closures map (416kb pdf)

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 8.00am.

Other things to do on and around Waitangi Day

Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Festival 2019

Carry on the celebration all day at the Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Festival. This event is organised by He Iwi Kotahi, a collaboration of local organisations.

This two-venue all day event will take place at The Historic Village on 17th Avenue, and at Hopukiore Historic Reserve. It will feature live music, cultural performances and food stands at both venues, along with art exhibitions and workshops at The Historic Village.

The festival is a koha (donation) event that will go towards supporting local kapa haka group Te Kapa Haka o Ngati Ranginui as they prepare to represent our beautiful city at Te Matatini 2019. 

More information on the festival

Treaty of Waitangi Scavenger Hunt

Did you know there are nine sheets that make up the Treaty of Waitangi?

Drop into the Tauranga City Library between Monday 4 and Sunday 10 February to enter our Treaty of Waitangi scavenger hunt. Anyone can enter and there are great prizes to be won!

Simply collect an entry form from the sign up desk at the entrance of the Tauranga City Library, search for the nine sheets, answer the questions – and learn some interesting facts along the way. Did you know that only one of the treaty sheets is written in English?   

The Treaty of Waitangi Scavenger Hunt runs from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 February – except on Waitangi Day itself (Wednesday 6 February) when the library will be closed. 

If you have any questions you can email our Library team or call 07 577 7177.

Last Reviewed: 01/02/2019

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