The Ministry's Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building. The Fund aims to encourage a wider mix of communities to take part in Waitangi Day events. Applicants to the Fund should be able to demonstrate that recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi is a central theme in their event.
Events are held around the country on marae and lake fronts, in community centres, local museums and town squares - view the list of 2021 recipients.
The 2021 Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund closed on 19 October 2020. A call for 2022 applications will be made during August 2021.
We are especially keen to support events organised by local government and/or communities in partnership with tangata whenua that invite wide community participation, and that deepen and broaden the conversations about the Treaty of Waitangi and deepen understanding across communities.The Ministry also asks applicants to consider and demonstrate how they will meet the accessibility needs of their community in their event. The Office for Disability Issues has provided guidance for designing accessible events which is available as a downloadable resource at the link below.
Local government and community organisations can apply for grants, which generally range from around $1,000 to $5,000.
To find out more, see the links below, including the downloadable resource Guidance for Designing Accessible Events. The downloadable Information Sheet and Application Form will be added when the Fund opens.
Contact - Email [email protected] or call the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on (04) 499-4229.
Criteria for the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund
Criteria and how to apply online to the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund.
2021 successful applicants
List of successful applicants for the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund for 2021.
Case Study – Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Dawn Service
The Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Dawn Service has been running since the late 1970s, when it was initiated by local kaumatua and kuia and members of the Tauranga District Māori Council. An Organising Committee, with members from Tauranga City Council, Whareroa Marae Committee, Ngāi Tukairangi, Tauranga Moana Māori Wardens, Te Kohinga Network, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Church Community, works to continue the tradition, recognising Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a significant part of Tauranga’s cultural heritage.
Case Study – Ngāti Kahungunu Waitangi Day Celebrations
When organising their 2019 Waitangi Day celebrations Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated had some key objectives in mind. They wanted to celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi and, in doing so, create pride in all New Zealanders.
Case Study –Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki Waitangi Day Celebrations
The 2019 Community Korero Workshop Series, organised by Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki, aimed to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by delivering a programme that invited the community to have ‘creative conversations’ about the Treaty.
Case Study – Chatham Islands Waitangi Day Celebrations
More than 1000 kilometres from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Chatham Community Focus Trust, in collaboration with Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekuri Trust, held their Waitangi Day celebrations at Plum Tree.
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.
Treaty of Waitangi resources
The following resources relating to the Treaty of Waitangi are available to support organisations who are running events commemorating Waitangi Day.
Updated on 14th July 2021