Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival

28 January

Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa, Saturday 6 February

Ōnuku Rūnanga will host Ngāi Tahu Treaty of Waitangi Day Commemorations, Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival, at Ōnuku Marae, Akaroa, on Saturday 6 February.

The public is welcome to attend.

The day will begin with a powhiri at 9am to welcome guests, which include Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand and Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.

This will be followed by a full day of festivities including a mix of live bands and kapahaka, weaving and carving demonstrations, and a display of tribal taonga (treasures) from the extensive Canterbury Museum Louis Vangioni collection, which will be on display in the wharenui (meeting house).

Upoko of Ōnuku Rūnanga George Tikao says the theme of the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival will centre around Ngāi Tahu’s relationship with the whenua; land.

“The reason being, the significant success already regarding whenua, for example Takapūneke, the return of this historically significant land which is now blessed and cleansed and returned to the nation as an historical reserve,” says George Tikao. “That is something we can all celebrate”.

Ōnuku is one of three locations in Te Waipounamu at which Ngāi Tahu signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

Other whenua related projects at Banks Peninsula include working to have Māori place names alongside the English place names of some culturally significant sites.

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