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Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund

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 2022 Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund applications closed on 22 October 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.

With the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the fund decision panel will want to know how applicants are preparing to hold their events in accordance to Ministry of Health guidelines under different Alert Levels.

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 through our online portal (when applications are open).

To find out more, see the links below, including the downloadable resource — Guidance for Designing Accessible Events 

Contact — Email [email protected] or call the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on (04) 499-4229.

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



Updated on 26th October 2021