The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund is open now and closes on Wednesday 26 October.
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About this fund
The 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.
The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund will distribute up to $300,000 total to support events that encourage communities to participate in commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi. See what activities were funded in 2022.
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.
We recommend you read the application guide carefully before starting the application process.
If you need support to understand or apply for our funding, please contact [email protected].
Applications are open now and close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 October 2022.
Who can apply?
To be eligible you must be a recognised local government or community organisation, group, or collective, based in Aotearoa New Zealand with:
- an existing role in community activities and services
- the ability to demonstrate your role in delivering community activities
- the capacity to administer and support the proposed event
- commitment to provide an evaluation of the event after it has been delivered.
What activities can be supported?
To be successful event activities must meet the following event eligibility criteria.
- The event theme is commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi;
- The event promotes nation-building and community-building;
- The event encourages wide community participation and achievement;
- The event promotes a cultural experience or the event is consistent with above criteria; and
- The event takes place on or near Waitangi Day (6 February), or days significant to the signing of the Treaty in a particular community or rohe (e.g. the date on which an iwi signed the Treaty or Final Deed of Settlement).
Find out more about these criteria in the full application guide.
We will prioritise activities that:
- reflect partnership between iwi, marae, local government, and community groups
- deepen understanding about Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi
- promote nation and community building
- invite wide community participation
- support access for people with disabilities.
For further information on designing accessible events, please refer to the Ministry of Social Development website.
We will not fund:
- individuals (you must apply as part of a group, collective or organisation)
- mid to long term education programmes or resources
- travel to Waitangi or the Bay of Islands
- the purchase of alcohol.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or call the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage reception on (04) 499-4229.
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.
2022 successful applicants
List of successful applicants for the Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund for 2022.
Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund guide
This guide helps you understand: the purpose of the fund, who can apply, key timeframes, the application process.
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.
Updated on 28th September 2022