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Waitangi Day community events to be held nationwide

On Waitangi Day, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage is supporting 58 community events across New Zealand that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

These events range from the largest, which takes place at Bastion Point in Auckland and last year attracted 30,000 people, to a small gathering on the Chatham Islands featuring karakia from kaumatua, kapa haka and kai. Others will include dawn ceremonies, marae open days, music, poetry and dance performances, plus art and craft workshops.

Every region in the country will be holding Waitangi Day events. Please see the following link for a complete list:

The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund has distributed $288,000 this year for events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and which promote nation and community building. The fund aims to encourage a wider mix of communities to take part in Waitangi Day events.

Updated on 23rd July 2015