6 Feb 2014

Funding contributes to Waitangi events

7:30 pm on 6 February 2014

Waitangi Day celebrations have been held throughout New Zealand on Thursday, led by those at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands and helped by Ministry for Culture and Heritage funding of $293,000.

The Waitangi Day Commemoration Committee received $105,000 to support activities over three days, including transporting waka to the Far North and hosting people who visit Waitangi marae.

The second-largest payment of $20,000 went to the Waitangi National Trust to meet expenses for events at the Treaty grounds, which include looking after dignitaries.

The ministry also allocated funding to about 27 other events hosted by Maori organisations, including the Maori Women's Welfare League, Hoani Waititi Marae Trust, Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust and Whakatohea Maori Trust Board.

The largest Waitangi Day celebration was the Festival of the Elements in Porirua near Wellington where more than 30,000 people turned out in fine weather for the city's 23rd annual Waitangi celebrations.

In Auckland, about 30,000 people attended a Waitangi festival at Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush.