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Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival

February 6, 2017 @ 9:45 am - 3:00 pm

Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou are pleased to Host the 2017 Treaty of Waitangi Festival at Ōtākou Marae.

This year our celebration has as its theme “Te Hereka Waka,” The mooring place for the many waka who have voyaged to our shores.

The term Te Hereka Waka is the theme for this years event. It is used in
the broadest sense as a metaphor that celebrates the arrival of the many
people who landed at Ōtākou whether by waka or sailing ship.

Nau mai, haere mai, tautī mai – Come along and enjoy New Zealand’s special day


Date:               Monday 6 February
When:             9.45am
Where:           Ōtākou Marae, Tamatea Road, Ōtākou.

10am              Pōwhiri
10.45am         Morning tea
11am              Introduction and housekeeping
11.15am         – Guest speaker forum and family activities*

  • Mayor Dave Cull
  • Hoturoa Kerr
  • Dilys Johns

12.30pm         Cultural performances
1.30pm           Guest speaker forum resumed

  • Hon. Christopher Finlayson
  • Tā Tipene O’Regan

3pm                Poroporoaki.
All general enquiries please phone 03 478 0352 or email Tracey at


*Festival Family Activities      11.15am till 2.30pm

Whare Karakia and Museum open:

  • Local stories
  • Guide to the Papanui inlet Waka

Workshop 1:  Mōkihi Waka (Making a tradition canoe) Ewan Duff and Doug

(Next to School House)

Tamariki Zone:   Bouncy Castle, Face Painting (In front of the school house)

Workshop 2:  Mahi Toi “Print Making” Simon Kaan (Hui Room)

Waka Ama:   Fire and Ice ( BRING: sun protection, suitable clothing, register at Marae information booth on the day)

Stalls Include: Pounamu, T-shirts, Hats, Raranga, Kahuwai Clothing, Art, Braiding, Jewellery and more!

Food Court: Sausage Sizzle, Whitebait Patties, Seafood Chowder, Unique Hangi, Fry Bread and more!