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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.

Applications for funding for Waitangi Day 2020 events closed on 14 October 2019. A call for Waitangi Day 2021 applications will be made in mid 2020.

Read the Ministry for Culture & Heritage's media release:

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 commemorate Waitangi Day 2019, events were held around the country on marae and lake fronts, in community centres, local museums and town squares  - view the list of 2019 recipients.

To find out more, see the links below, including the downloadable Information Sheet and and the downloadable resource Guidance for Designing Accessible Events.

Contact - Email 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. Image courtesy of Whitireia and taken by Capture Studios.

Updated on 17th October 2019