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Case Study – Kaikōura Waitangi Day Celebrations

The Kaikōura Waitangi Celebrations 2019 were designed by Te Ahi Waitua ō Kaikōura after being inspired by the Waitangi Treaty Trails held in Cheviot in 2018. The day’s events began with the Kaikōura Treaty Trails and finished with food, music, and entertainment at Takahanga marae.

Photo credit: Bernard Spragg (Flickr) Public Domain. 

What was the event?

The 70 people who braved the rain to participate in the Treaty Trails visited six different stations around Kaikōura, where they learnt about the background to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, local history, and Māori culture. They were challenged to answer questions including ‘Who were the two men who translated the Treaty to te reo Māori?’ and ‘Who created the Hikurangi trench?’ as well as learn their pepeha and how to weave a harakeke putiputi. The final station of the trail was Takahanga marae, where the community was welcomed with a powhiri. Teams completed the race by signing a replica of te Tiriti o Waitangi on the marae.

‘The Treaty trails and “mock” signing of the Treaty impacted community by promoting a deeper insight of the signing of the Treaty, its history over the years to now and the variance in how Māori view te Tititi o Waitangi to non-Māori.’

Photo Credit: Te Ahi Waitua ō Kaikōura

Mātauranga for the community

Te Ahi Waitua ō Kaikōura designed their event with the intent of educating the community about the history of the Treaty of Waitangi, and hoped that it would promote an opportunity for people to think about what Waitangi Day means to them.

‘The event benefitted a sense of pride and togetherness for whānau that have disengaged with their own knowledge of te Tiriti. One whānau member shared that “I feel proud I got to celebrate Waitangi with my kids for the first time as I never really celebrated, because I didn’t know what it was about so I just took the day off’.”

Extra assistance was provided by volunteers who donated their time and local government, iwi, and community organisations which gave support.

Photo Credit: Te Ahi Waitua ō Kaikōura

Connection through education and awareness 

‘Overall the event was successful in connecting many individuals and whānau across the community and groups are now considering how to make this continue to be a sustainable event. Community expressed their desire to celebrate Waitangi responsively through education and awareness.’


Updated on 19th September 2019