Dawn service commemorates 180 years

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This year’s dawn service in Tauranga Moana marks 180 years since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


An event will be held tomorrow at the base of Hopukiore (Mount Drury) to commemorate the first signing.


The service will start at 6.30am with a whakatau by Tauranga Moana tangata whenua, followed by a community celebration, speeches and hymns.


It will focus on the importance of partnership between Māori and non-Māori today and in the future.


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


An open forum will allow everyone to share thoughts on Waitangi Day and what it means to them today. Kapa haka and musical performances will also feature during the celebration.


Road closures will be in place on Thursday, February 6 from 5am until 9am on Marine Parade from Grace Avenue to Pacific Avenue.


Parking will be available for mobility cardholders, kaumatua and kuia and other dignitaries on Marine Parade, within the road closure area. Please access the area via Pacific Avenue before 6.30am. The area will be locked from 6.30am until the end of the service at 8.30am.


Tauranga City Council works, as part of the organising committee, alongside the Whareroa Marae Committee, Ngai Tukairangi, Māori Wardens, Te Kohinga Network, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Tauranga Church Community.


The celebration will carry out all day at the Tauranga Moana Waitangi Day Festival.

This family-friendly event, led by Ngati Pukenga ki Tauranga Iwi Trust, is a collaborative community effort involving many local individuals, groups and organisations.


The 2020 celebration will take place at The Historic Village on 17th Avenue and will open with a whakatau by mana whenua and a flag raising ceremony at 10am.

The day will include the citizens ceremony for Tauranga’s newest kiwis, a special series of talks in the Village Chapel and workshops on the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, including poi making, raranga harakeke weaving, tamariki/rangatahi – children/youth art, surfboard carving demonstrations and more.


Entry is by gold coin donation.


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