Waitangi Day Commemorations

Awarua Rūnanga will host Ngāi Tahu Treaty of Waitangi Day Commemorations at Te Rau Aroha Marae, at Awarua (Bluff), on Friday, February 6.

Te Rau Aroha Marae is close to Ruapuke Island in Foveaux Strait where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. Ruapuke Island is one of three locations in the South Island where Ngāi Tahu signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

The kaupapa/theme for the day is ‘Ngāi Tahu – Crown Relationships’.

Awarua Upoko Tā Tipene O’Regan says one of the larger issues confronting Aotearoa/New Zealand is the character and nature of the treaty relationship in a post-settlement world.

“There are a whole range of ongoing questions to be considered and resolved as we start to see the Treaty as a continuing element in our future rather than as a vehicle for satisfaction of long standing grievance,” he says.

“The Treaty presents us with some wonderful opportunities for framing the quality of our relationships; it is time to explore these opportunities and begin the task of building a truly bicultural nation.”

The day will begin with a pōwhiri (welcome) at 10am and message from the Governor-General, read by honorary Aide-de-Camp Lt. Col. Grant Day. This will be followed by a presentation on Tītī Island Restoration and Pōhā demonstration (demonstration of traditional kelp storage techniques) by Tiny Metzger. After lunch there will be kapa haka and presentations by special guests including:

  • Dave Taylor, Department of Conservation Area Manager, and Rachel Puentener, Environmental Advisor Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
  • Rose Grindley, Ministry of Fisheries Southern Inshore Fisheries Manager, and Stewart Bull, Tangata Tiaki.
  • Aaron Leith, Resource Planner Environment Southland and Michael Skerrett, Kaupapa Taiao Manager Te Ao Marama.


If you have any further enquiries please contact:

Leanne Scott
Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu
Ph: (03) 3638962
Cell: 021 2721170