Waitangi Day Event - Hokitika, 6th Feb 2018

Waitangi Day Event – Hokitika – 6 February 2018

Preparations are underway for the Waitangi Day event (6th February 2018) in partnership with iwi, marae, local government and community groups of many cultures. The event will take place on Gibson Quay in Hokitika. A back-up venue of Okitiki Building (Old Rentons Building) has been secured in the event of wet weather. The event is free to the public and alcohol-free to encourage maximum participation and a family-friendly day.

In true Westland spirit, we’re allowing for flexibility and the public to shape the event on the day by bringing their own picnic blanket, chairs, sports equipment and musical instruments if desired.

In terms of the planned activities on the day, there is the opportunity for people to come dressed in period costume. Prizes will be provide for the best dress in accordance with the theme. Cultural and artistic performances and contemporary and colonial music will be performed on stage and in the street. This will include a showcase by cultural groups from both iwi as well as displays of art, weaving and traditional Maori games that will be interactive to encourage participation from the audience. Games and sports events from the past that young and old can participate in will include the likes of 3 legged races, egg and spoon races and tug of war. Kai and market stalls and other fun activities such as fair rides and interactive games will be provided by community organisations. A barbecue lunch (including sausages and non-meat options) will be offered. In addition, an interactive display featuring website links to Treaty resources, as well as a facilitated interactive workshop discussion about the Westland Treaty of Waitangi experience, will also be available.

Event Timetable
The timetable for official proceedings is as follows:

10.00 am    Custom House – Opening:  Bruce Smith & Te Rua Mason

10.30 am    Custom House  Te Rua Mason and Korero Treaty of Waitangi – Effects it has had on Westland people

11.30 am    Custom House  Kapahaka – Entertainment  

12.00 pm    Barbecue lunch

1.00-3.00 pm   Gibson Quay and environs - Sporting Activities, Music

4.00 pm    Custom House - Closing Ceremony – Bruce Smith & Te Rua Mason


Confirmed Stalls offered by–

  • Poutini Waiora
  • St John Ambulance
  • Ngati Waewae
  • WestREAP
  • New Coasters

Barbecue sausages have been kindly donated by Kaniere Butchery and coleslaw and condiments have been supplied free of charge from Hokitika New World.

Preparations are underway for the Waitangi Day event to be held on Gibson Quay, Hokitika.