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Waitangi Day

8 February 2021


Free event

 Waikato Museum hosts Waitangi Day celebrations featuring talks, performances, crafts and children’s activities combining into an event that promotes nation-building and community-building, and examines the significance of Tiriti o Waitangi.




Performances, Marae Aatea

10am - 10:15am

Mihi whakatau


11am - 12pm 

Music Performance: Hirra Morgan of Collision 

Collision heart & soul come from the original Tokoroa based sensational 70’s Funk Band Brothers Hirra & Ali Morgan.  With a professional career in the music industry for the past 50 years, Hirra is bound to get your audience attention with their range of music finesse.


12:30pm - 1:30pm

Music Performance: Sasha Perry and Jimi Kara Gordon 

Sasha could sing his original songs before he could write. A life time of feelings and thoughts, delivered with raw beauty and sincerety. Sasha's fan base includes some of the most well known names in Aotearoa music, arts, and human rights. A man. An acoustic guitar. An incredible performance just for you. 



11am- 3pm 

Toi Raranga (weaving) workshops, Barry Hopkins Gallery

Te Roopu Aroha ki te Raranga - weavers demonstrate and also teach two sessions during the day. This year includes the ritual and process around harvesting and preparation of flax.

  • Weaving workshop 1: 11am - 12:30pm 
  • Weaving demonstration: 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
  • Weaving workshop 2: 1:30pm - 3pm


11am - 12pm 

Trap making workshop with Harvey Aughton from Go Eco, Museum Lecture Theatre Area

Harvey demonstrates how to build a rat trap to help protect against pests and predators.



1:30pm - 2:30pm

State of the Pakeha Nation talk with Anna Casey-Cox and Jo Wrigley from GoEco, Museum Lecture Theatre

Whakapapa for Paakehaa. “The homelands we left, the sometimes traumatic experiences of this and our journey to Aotearoa are stories we don’t often tell” says Jo Wrigley, Manager of Go Eco. “But knowing who we are, and the stories that shape us, is critical to our ability to connect meaningfully with mana whenua and te taiao” 

Come and join Jo and Anna as they share their reflections on whakapapa, being Paakehaa and their understandings of Te Tiriti.


2:30pm - 3:30pm

Gallery Floor talk with Curator Maree Mills - Rootbound Exhibition, Barry Hopkins Gallery


Kids’ activities

10:20am - 10:50am

Story telling by Te Winika


12pm - 4pm

Paper crafts for children 



Thank you to Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Ara Rima for kindly donating the harakeke for the weaving workshops. 


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