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Regional signing dates timeline

The Ministry of Education

2015 is an auspicious year for all New Zealanders as it marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, our founding document. The national date of celebration for the Treaty of Waitangi signing is the 6th of February although in reality there are many local dates of significance that communities can individually celebrate in recognition of the Treaty being taken throughout the North and South Islands.

Although the collection of signatures began on 6th February 1840, several meetings were held from February to September 1840 to discuss and sign the copies of the Treaty. New Zealand History Online provides an interactive map with locations and the number of signatories from that location, click here

The Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund that is administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage supports events that commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and promote nation and community building. The fund aims to encourage a wider mix of communities to take part in Waitangi Day events. Here is the Ministry for Culture and Heritage 2015 successful applicants for this fund. At this link you will be able to find events that are occurring in your local area or alternatively they are located on event finder here.


Location and Region - Anniversary of  Signings of the Treaty

6 February

Waitangi, Bay of Islands

10 February

Waimate, Northland

12 February

Hokianga, Northland

17 February

Waitangi, Bay of Islands

4 March

Karaka Bay, Waitemata, Auckland

20 March

Manukau, Auckland

26 March

Manukau, Auckland  - 2nd signing

10 April

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

26 April

Awhitu, Manukau, Auckland - 3rd signing

28 April

Kaitaia, Far North
Kawhia, King Country

29 April

Port Nicholson, Wellington

4 May

Coromandel Harbour, Hauraki-Coromandel
Queen Charlotte, Marlborough

7 May

Mercury Island, Hauraki-Coromandel

11 May

Rangitoto Island, Auckland

13 May

Paihia, Bay of Plenty

14 May

Kapiti, Wellington

16 May

Waikanae, Wellington

16 and 17 May

Ūawa, Gisborne

19 May

Ōtaki, Wellington

21 May

Kāwhia, King Country - 2nd signing

Tawhirihoe, Manawatu-Rangitikei

23 May

Whanganui, Manawatu-Whanganui

25 May

Kāhiwa, King Country - 3rd signing

Waiapu, Gisborne

26 May

Manawatu, Manawatu

27 and 28 May

Opotiki, Bay of Plenty

30 May

Akaroa, Canterbury

31 May

Whanganui, Manawatu-Whanganui - 2nd signing

4 June

Motungangara, Northland

9 June

Tokomaru, Gisborne

10 June

Ruapuke, Foveaux Straight, Southland

11 June

Tōrere, Bay of Plenty

13 June

Otago Harbour, Otago

14 June

Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty

Tōrere, Bay of Plenty- 2nd signing

15 June

Kāwhia , King Country - 4th signing

16 June

Whakatāne, Bay of Plenty

17 June

Cloudy Bay, Marlborough Sounds

19 June

Waitemata, Auckland

24 June

Tukituki River, Hawkes Bay

9 July

Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

5 August

Russell, Bay of Islands - last Bay of Islands signing

27 August

Kāwhia , King Country - 5th signing

3 September

Kāwhia, King Country - 6th signing

02 October

The Treaty of Waitangi was published in the London Gazette

Other Anniversaries of significance in 2015

04 Feb 1985

The first kura kaupapa Māori: Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae

13 April 1982

The first kohanga reo opened at Kokiri Pukeatua, Wainuiomata

22 April 2004 to the 5 May 2004

11th anniversary of the seabed and foreshore hikoi

15 June 1215

Magna Carta was issued

26 July 1865

The movement of Parliament from Auckland to Wellington

10 October 1975

The establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal (1975)

13 October 1975

The land march (October 1975)

28 October 1835

180th anniversary of Declaration of Independence

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