Te Rā o Waitangi, te rā ā-iwi o Aotearoa. Ia tau i te 6 o Pepuere – te Rā o Waitangi – huihui ai ngā tāngata o ngā hapori me ngā āhuatanga katoa o Waitangi ki te whakanui i te hainatanga tuatahi o te pukapuka tūāpapa o Aotearoa. Te Tiriti o Waitangi i te 60 Pēpuere 1840.
E whakanuia ana te Rā o Waitangi hei rā ā-iwi mō Aotearoa. Koia te rā e tino tohu ana i te hītori o tēnei whenua.
Mā te āhukahuka haere tonu i te Tiriti o Waitangi hei pukapuka tūāpapa o Aotearoa e ora tonu ana tēnei whakanuinga hei wāhanga o tō mua Aotearoa, tō nāianei, tō āpōpō anō hoki.
Hei te 6 o Pēpuere ka katia ngā whare o Te Papawhenua o te Tiriti o Waitangi mō te rā, ā, ko te papawhenua te wāhi e tū ai te taiopenga o te Rā o Waitangi. Ka tīmata te taiopenga utukore ā te 5am me tētahi Karakia Haeata i roto i te Whare Rūnanga.
Ka haere nga mahi whakangahau puta noa i te rā i runga i te wairua taiopenga, me ngā atamira whakaaturanga i te Papawhenua o Runga, i te Whare Waka me te papa hākinakina e tauaro ana ki Te Papawhenua o te Tiriti. E whakarato ana koni atu i te 150 paehoko i te whānuitanga mīharo o ngā taonga toi, ringa rehe hoki, o ngā kākahu, me te huhua o ngā momo kai rerekē. Mā ngā tamariki kei reira he pā tāwhanawhana, ngā motokā reihi me ngā kēmu hākinakina.
Waitangi Day has been a significant day on New Zealand’s calendar since the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed in 1840. The flagstaff which stands on the Upper Treaty Grounds marks the location of the first Treaty signing by representatives of the British Crown and over 40 rangatira (chiefs) on 6 February 1840.
On 5 February 1840 a marquee was erected on the lawn in front of the home of the British resident, James Busby. Captain William Hobson presented a proposal for the attending chiefs to agree to British settlement in New Zealand. The meeting lasted throughout the day, during which the chiefs vigorously debated the proposed Treaty, with some rangatira supporting the Treaty and others opposed to it. The discussions continued that night across the Waitangi River at what is now Te Tii Marae.
On February 6 the rangatira returned to the marquee at Waitangi, where over 40 signed the Māori version of the document, now known as Te Tiriti o Waitangi. By September 1840 over 500 leaders from throughout New Zealand had signed the document.
In 1932 Lord and Lady Bledisloe purchased the 506-hectare Waitangi Estate and then gifted it to the people of New Zealand. The estate was put into trust to be managed by the Waitangi National Trust Board, made up of representatives from all the major regions and from various families with historical connections to the Treaty of Waitangi. This gift fulfilled a commitment many Māori had been seeking for decades.
A special hui (gathering) was held at Te Tii Marae and Waitangi in February 1934 to celebrate the formal handing over of the Bledisloe’s gift of land, with around 10,000 Māori from across New Zealand attending to honour and celebrate the gift. This became the first official celebration of Waitangi Day.
A full programme of events and performances is run every year - stay tuned to find the 2024 programme here closer to February.
Waitangi Day features a range of stalls displaying gifts, art, food and more.
Application forms for holding a stall at Waitangi Treaty Grounds on Waitangi Day 2024 will be available closer to the day.
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