Popular Waitangi Day celebration returns to Hayman Park

Haere mai ki te rā whakanui i te Tiriti o Waitangi ka tū ki Manukau.

Join the fun and celebrate our national day at Auckland Council’s Waitangi ki Manukau, a free event for the family on Tuesday 6 February in Hayman Park, Manukau.

Take a picnic and enjoy the live music, taste Māori and Pacific kai in the Waitangi Village and learn about the Treaty of Waitangi through interactive family activities.

This year’s music line-up mixes fresh talent with local favourites; chill out to the mesmerising vocals of Maisey Rika or groove to Rootz Konekt, Sweet Echo and RnR Music. Enjoy the sounds from our wahine DJ A Hori George, haka from Te Tai Tonga and Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae and watch the graceful poi movements from Poipoia.

Don’t miss the stars of the future who will take the stage, including the lilting vocals of Tuakoi Ohia and the smooth saxophone tones of Stand Up Stand Out 2017 winner Soakai Malamala. TONE6, a group packed with vocal talent out of the SaintzUp Performing Arts Trust, are also sure to impress

Make sure you visit the Waitangi village to taste Māori and Pacific kai and learn about the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi through interactive, family-friendly activities. Have a go at the arts and crafts stalls with fun for all ages and look out for Auckland Libraries’ Maui Pātaka Kōrero Kaewa – Mobile Library that’s adorned with legends of Maui and offering storytelling, weaving and kite-making activities.

Get along early and make the most of the special chance to experience a traditional welcoming ceremony, the pōwhiri, which will start the celebration at 9am.

Councillor Alf Filipaina has been a part of the event from its beginnings and is looking forward to joining the celebrations at Hayman Park again this year.

“Waitangi ki Manukau has an awesome line-up of live music, tasty kai and fun activities and will be a great day out for all the whānau. Come along to be entertained, celebrate the diversity of our people and learn about an important part of our history.”

Auckland Council’s Waitangi ki Manukau is a zero-waste, smoke-free and alcohol-free event, supported by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Waikato Tainui and Mai FM.

If you’re looking for a Waitangi Day event closer to your area, all are welcome to the other Waitangi Day events supported by Auckland Council, including Waitangi @ Waititi at Hoani Waititi Marae, Oratia and Waitangi Day 2018 at Okahu Bay.