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Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day Dawn Service 2017

Where: Hopukiore (Mount Drury)

When: 6:30am to 8.30am on Monday, 6 February 2017

A dawn service will be held on Monday 6 February at Hopukiore (Mount Drury) to commemorate the signing of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

The dawn service will start at 6.30am with a karakia (blessing) by Tangata Whenua, followed by a community service, speeches from dignitaries and hymns.

Speakers will include local kaumatua (elders), clergy from community church groups, civic leaders and rangatahi (youth) speakers. 

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy will also make an address, and an open forum will give all participants a chance to share their thoughts on Waitangi Day and what it means to them today.

The Tauranga dawn service was originally initiated by Maori elders and members of the Tauranga Moana District Maori Council in the late 1970s, and continues to play a significant part in Tauranga’s historical heritage.

The organising committee has received funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council to support the service. 

Tauranga City Council is taking a more proactive role on behalf of the community to celebrate Waitangi Day and views this as an excellent opportunity to work together with the Whareroa Marae Committee, Ngai Tukairangi, Maori Wardens Association, Takitimu Waka Kaihoe, Te Manu Toroa, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Church Community.

For further enquiries please contact

Keren Paekau – Tauranga City Council on 07 577 7142 or 

Road Closures

Road closures will be in place on Monday, 6 February from 5am until 10am on Marine Parade from Grace Avenue to Pacific Avenue.

Road closures map

Last Reviewed: 24/01/2017