Waitangi Day is a New Zealand’s national day which is celebrated on 6 February every year. The day is very important to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs in 1840. The Treaty of Waitangi is considered as the nation’s founding document (credit to nzhistory).
In Palmerston North, Waitangi Day is hosted by Te Manawa Museum and Gallery on behalf of Palmerston North City Council. To learn more about the history of Waitangi Day and to enjoy the holiday itself with our family or friends, Te Manawa hosts a few activities: experiencing a traditional Maori hangi, participating at Ti Rakau (traditional Maori stick game), enjoying some of New Zealand’s best cultural and kapa haka groups, music and performances, bouncy castle for the kids, food stalls, games, workshops, activity stations and gold coin donation entry to New Zealand Rugby Museum (credit to eventfinda).