Waitangi Day Commemorations in Hawke's Bay

Waitangi Day is a significant day in New Zealand history, marking the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, first signed on February 6, 1840.

Here are some events you can join to commemorate the day.

Waipureku Waitangi Commemoration

Ātea a Rangi, Waitangi Park, Awatoto | 7:45am - 12:00pm

The Waipureku Waitangi Trust invites the people of Hawke’s Bay to the commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 by three Ngati Kahungunu chiefs at Waipureku (Clive).

Waipureku, meaning ’the meeting of waters’, was a lagoon that joined the Ngaruroro and Tukituki rivers.

The commemoration begins at 7.45am at Ātea a Rangi (Waitangi Park, Awatoto) with karakia to start a Hikoi (walk of unity) along the Ngaruroro riverbank to Farndon Park and welcomed with a Haka Pōwhiri at 8.30am by local Manawhenua.

Following the pōwhiri, there will be a public address by local politicians, a re-enactment of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, talks by local historian Pat Parsons and a free Te Tiriti workshop.

Nau mai, haere mai, all welcome!

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10th Annual Waitangi Day Celebrations

Farndon Park, Clive | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us to celebrate nationhood, community and family at one of the largest National Day gatherings in New Zealand.

The day starts with a Pageant on the river at 10am featuring waka and cutters. There's a national invitational touch tournament, live stage entertainment, outdoor screen, free waka rides for the public and a food and craft village. The event attracts thousands of people and the organisers provide a safe and friendly environment for families with security at gates and in the grounds and free off-road parking.

Proudly brought to you by Hastings District Council, Napier City Council and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc.


Waitangi Day Family Celebrations

Mitre 10 Park, Hastings | 8:00am - 4:00pm

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc host a fun-filled day of family activities to mark the signing of Te Tiriti in 1840. Music, kapa haka, sport, a marketplace and rides – something for everyone!

This event attracts thousands to a showcase of home-grown entertainment, food stalls, arts and crafts, social sports and kapa haka at the spectacular 30-hectare Mitre 10 Park in Hawke's Bay.

​This year, sporting codes will include 3-on-3 Basketball, Ki O Rahi, Touch, Netball and Rugby League 9s.

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Wairoa Waitangi Day

Alexandra Park, Wairoa  |  10:00am - 1:00pm

Bring the whānau down to Alexandra Park for a fun fill day of family entertainment, local produce, kai stalls and bouncy castles.

Plus enjoy a free swim at the Wairoa Community Centre after 1:00pm (must register and have a wrist band).

Wairoa Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day Events

Waipureku Waitangi Commemoration
7:45am - 12:00pm
Ātea a Rangi - Waitangi Park, Awatoto
Free Entry


10th Annual Waitangi Day Celebrations
10:00am - 4:00pm
Farndon Park - Cnr Farndon Road & State Highway 2, Clive
Free Entry


Waitangi Day Family Celebrations
10:00am - 4:00pm
Mitre 10 Park Hawke's Bay - Evenden Road, Hastings
Free Entry


Wairoa Waitangi Day
10:00am - 1:00pm
Alexandra Park - grass area between the Wairoa Ski Club and Adventure Wairoa
Free Entry