Tauranga Waitangi Day celebrations postponed

He Iwi Kotahi Tauranga Moana Charitable Trust chair Buddy Mikaere. File photo/SunLive.

Tauranga's Waitangi Day celebrations for 2022 have been postponed amid Covid concerns.

After careful consideration and much disappointment, the trustees of He Iwi Kotahi Tauranga Moana Charitable Trust have opted to postpone the annual celebrations at the Historic Village until February 2023.

Trust chair Buddy Mikaere says it was a difficult decision as so many enjoyed the day and the planned 2022 celebrations would have seen the return of the citizenship ceremony, always a highlight for the community and the host of new Kiwis.

“The risk of proceeding with the event given uncertainty regarding Covid settings was just too high.”

Buddy says the board is very grateful for the generous sponsorship from the wider Tauranga Community and businesses and thanks them for their on-going support.

Most importantly, Buddy wants to point out the incredible dedication from the large group of volunteers who offer their time, a love of their community along with their commitment to history and culture in putting together Tauranga’s annual Waitangi events.

“It is a real shame because the event has been growing year by year and the wonderful setting at the Historic Village always added to the occasion.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2023.”

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