4-7 FEBRUARY 2021

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 aims to help people experience the commemorations, and to form their own connection to this place and these narratives. The Karuwha rōpū have been making this journey for many years now and have been welcomed back by the whānau of Te Tii Marae.

This four-day event is held annually over the Waitangi Commemorations, 4th February to 7th 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.

What will this hīkoi include?

  • Visit Oihi Bay where Ruatara invited Samuel Marsden to preach his famous Christmas Day message in 1814
  • Participate in a pōwhiri at Te Tii Marae
  • Work alongside the hau kāinga (the people of Te Tii Marae) as they host the Waitangi day commemorations, by serving in the kitchen, car parking, cleaning etc.
  • Tour the Paihia church and mission grounds with a descendant of Henry Williams
  • Witness the build-up to Waitangi Day, hear the political conversations, and participate in the commemorations
  • Attend the Waitangi Day Dawn Service
  • Connect and kōrero with others from across Aotearoa over shared meals and time in the Karuwhā tent
  • Karakia service

$90.00 Unwaged or Student
$155.00 Waged
$10.00 Tamariki (0-15 years)

You are welcome to camp with us at the Waitangi Campgrounds (we have a group booking) Camping is $21.00 per adult per night and includes breakfast goodies. If you’d prefer a more comfy option we suggest booking your own batch/hotel as soon as possible.

Our capacity is 150 people each year. Group size is limited to 20 people. Contact us for registration information.


"It was really significant to be surrounded by people who are committed to learning the story of Aotearoa."