Hīkoi ki Waitangi: Karuwhā 2020

In February 2020, the Karuwhā team will take their annual journey 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.

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, Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th February, and is an invitation to experience Waitangi first-hand: to serve alongside tangata whenua, to visit significant sites, to spend time listening to stories of our past from Kaumatua and historians, 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
  • 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 or help with car parking or cleaning

The cost of joining the hīkoi is $150 for waged and $85 for unwaged/students. Children are welcome and are only $10. Registrations cover the cost of organising the programme including equipment hire, venue costs, staff and speaker costs however kai and accommodation are additional.Registrations will open in October with limited numbers.

If you want to join Karuwhā at the Waitangi Holiday Park the cost is $20 per adult per night and $10 per child per night. The location of the Holiday Park is hard to beat and the facilities are really good. You can indicate your desire to tent with Karuwhā when you register. We will make a group book on your behalf.

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.

The 2019 schedule is available as an example here.

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