Hīkoi ki Waitangi: Karuwhā 2019

In February 2019, the Karuwhā team will take another journey north to Waitangi. Why not consider joining us?

As New Zealanders, Waitangi sits at the heart of our identity. It’s where the Treaty was first signed; and it’s home to the people who welcomed New Zealand’s first Christian missionaries. The stories of Waitangi are our stories; they are your stories.  Waitangi is a place for everybody.

Karuwhā Trust aims to help people experience the commemorations, and to form their own connection to this place. The people involved in Karuwha Trust have been making this journey for many years now.  

The four-day event is held over the Waitangi Commemorations, Sunday 3rd to Wednesday 6th February, and is an invitation to experience Waitangi first-hand: to serve alongside tangata whenua, to visit significant sites, to sit in the whenua, to spend time listening to stories of our past, and to seek a better understanding of our country.

Over the four days, we will:
  • Visit Oihi Bay where Ruatara invited Samuel Marsden to preach his famous Christmas Day message in 1814
  • Visit the Treaty Grounds
  • Tour the Paihia church and mission grounds with a historian
  • Gather for a worship evening
  • Witness the build-up to Waitangi Day, hear the political conversations, and participate in the commemorations
  • Attend the Waitangi Day Dawn Service
  • Help the hau kāinga (the people of Te Tii Marae, the hosts) as they host the Waitangi day commemorations, by serving in the kitchen as they feed hundreds of people, and help with car parking and cleaning
Join the hīkoi:

Waitangi 2019 individual registration form

Waitangi 2019 group registration form</s</s

The cost of joining the hīkoi is $85 for waged and $65 for unwaged/students. Children are welcome and are free. Registrations cover the cost of organising the pilgrimage including equipment hire, venue costs, staff and speaker costs however you’ll need to cover your own food and accommodation.

If you want to join Karuwhā at the Waitangi Holiday Park the cost is $20 per adult per night and $7 per child per night. While it may not be the comfiest option, the location of the Holiday Park is hard to beat. You can indicate your desire to tent with Karuwhā when you register.

If camping isn’t your thing, we recommend you book your accommodation ASAP. It turns out the Navy, Army, Police, and Government officials are all looking for places to stay as well. It can be hard to find accommodation.

A draft schedule is available here.

If you have any questions feel free to email Naomi at naomi@karuwha.org.nz