Hikoi ki Waitangi: Karuwha 2018

In February 2018, 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 pilgrimage is held over the Waitangi Commemorations, midday Saturday 3rd to Tuesday 6th February, and is an invitation to experience Waitangi first-hand: 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
  • Join Henry Williams’ descendant, Elisabeth Ludbrook, on a tour of the Paihia church and mission grounds
  • Gather for a sung worship evening at Pakaraka’s Holy Trinity Anglican Church (venue TBC) 
  • 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:

Register as an individual at Karuwhā 2018 Registration.

Register your family or group at Karuwhā 2018 Group Registration.

The cost of joining the hīkoi is $80 for waged, and $65 for unwaged and students. Children are very welcome and are free. Registrations cover the cost of organising the pilgrimage including equipment  hire, venue costs, and staff and speaker costs. You’ll need to cover your own food and accommodation.

Two additional costs you’ll need to cover are a) $4 for the entry to Ngawha springs (if you’re wanting a soak on Saturday night) and b) $20 for the entry to the Treaty Grounds.

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.

The draft schedule is available here. A finalised schedule will be posted at the end of January.

If you have any more questions or need to get hold of us email Lillian at admin@karuwha.org.nz

Some reflections on 2015 at Waitangi