Waitangi Day at Ōhinemutu, Rotorua

Waitangi Day is a national day (public holiday) in New Zealand.

The day marks the anniversary of initial signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6th 1840. The Treaty is New Zealand’s founding document, which was signed between representatives for the British Crown and a number of Māori Chiefs.

Waitangi Day was first officially commemorated in 1934 and became a public holiday in 1974. The day has over the years been the focus of protest concerning treaty injustices.

Rotorua’s official Waitangi Day celebrations were held at Ōhinemutu, a living Māori village located on the shores of Lake Rotorua. The village, which was the original settlement of Rotorua, is 10 minutes walk from downtown Rotorua.

The event called For The Love of People had performances showcasing many different cultures, food and health stalls, public talks, guided tours, Māori and Indian cooking lessons, visual art displays and demonstrations, such as tattooing, carving and weaving.