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Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund 2019 applications now open

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage is now accepting funding applications for events in 2019 to commemorate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund invites applications from groups hosting community events which promote nation-building through wide community participation, and encourage the celebration of an inclusive New Zealand identity.

Projects reflecting a partnership between iwi, marae, local government, and community groups are particularly encouraged.

Hundreds of attendees gather around the Main Stage for Virtuoso Strings Orchestra and Aaradhna. Image courtesy of Whitireia and taken by Capture Studios.

The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern is encouraging communities to apply for funding to help with hosting local events commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti.

Applications for the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund open today.

“Waitangi Day is the time we reflect on the bicultural foundations of our nation and the contribution all New Zealand cultures make in our society,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“It is a day for commemoration not only at Waitangi, where the Treaty was first signed, but throughout the country, in recognition that Te Tiriti itself journeyed to other regions following the signing on 6 February 1840.

“Waitangi Day events are well established in many centres and enjoyed by thousands of New Zealanders. However, there are some areas where people don’t have the option to participate and I encourage all communities to work together to design and run local events.

 “These commemorations are important to the growth of our national identity as they bring people of all cultures together in a spirit of partnership.

“Together we can reflect on what it means to be a New Zealander and how Te Tiriti o Waitangi underpins this.

“I look forward to hearing about all the stimulating events planned for next year’s Waitangi Day,” Jacinda Ardern said.

Manatū Taonga is keen to see an increase in Waitangi Day events accessible to all members of the community including those with disabilities.

This year the fund supported 44 events throughout Aotearoa. These included the national commemorations at Waitangi; a Treaty trail based on the Amazing Race concept; waka ama and cultural performances; educational activities for migrant communities; and marae-based community events.

Te Ahikākāriki is relaunched by Ngāti Toa on Waitangi Day after many years with newly carved hoe (paddles), rauawa (top boards), taurapa(stern-post), and tauihu (bow, figurehead). Image courtesy of Whitireia and taken by Capture Studios.

Grants from the fund generally range from $1000 to $5000 and applications close 5pm on Monday 1 October 2018. 

Information and the application form is available on the Ministry’s website:

For more information please call (04) 499 4229 or email

Published on 20th August 2018