It’s nearly here!
Waitangi Day 2021 is approaching rapidly, so it’s almost time to celebrate the national day of New Zealand in style. If you’re stuck for ideas on what to over the long weekend, no sweat. There’s plenty going on in Wellington that you can partake in to celebrate Waitangi Day. This year marks 181 years since the treaty of Waitangi was signed on 6 February, 1840. [Featured Image: Te Rā o Waitangi].
Remember, be sure to keep an eye on event pages and follow any Covid-19 protocols that are implemented.
Have a great Waitangi Day weekend, Wellington!
1. Have a dance at Masterton’s Biggest Music festival
Over at Queen Elizabeth park, you can celebrate in style with great music. Waifest is Masterton’s largest music festival, and the day of New Zealand sees the likes of Lion Rezz, Israel Starr, Sianne and Friends (Sianne Dougherty) and Majic Paora performing to the crowds.
There will even be a very special guest performing on the day which is all the more reason to get down there for the celebrations. There will also be plenty of family friendly activities throughout the event, which runs from 10am-3pm.
2. Te Rā o Waitangi 2021 at Waitangi Park
This wonderful free event at Waitangi Park is the perfect way to celebrate. Running from 12-7pm, attendees will be treated to an “award-winning line-up of Māori performers, food and culture”. Along with the music, food and fun-for-all, there will also be six-short films from the Whānau Film Night shown throughout the day. View the day’s full schedule here.
3. Whānau Film Night
A brilliant way to spend the evening before Waitangi day to kick off the celebrations. Also held in Waitangi park, this special event invites you to enjoy the great selection of short films, courtesy of Māoriland Film Festival with a picnic. View the full programme here.
4. Waitangi Day at the National Library
The National Library invites you to join them for New Zealand’s national day by getting to see the signed Treaty of Waitangi for yourself. Plus, you can enjoy a guided tour of He Tohu, as well as the day’s programme of events including a puppet show, historical footage of Waitangi Day commemorations, arts and crafts, and more. View the day’s schedule here.
5. Waitangi Day in Porirua
Enjoy a fabulous day of events in Porirua, over at Te Rauparaha Park. There will be performances from the likes of local heroes Ainslie Allen and Aotea College’s barbershop, The Voice Australia competitor Elle Monnery, world-renowned opera singer Ben Makisi, topped by a headline performance from Sammy J. Plenty of family-friendly activities will also fill the day, from a bouncy castle to Waka tours to crafts markets. Read the full schedule here.