The Waitangi National Trust has decided there will be no in-person events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds during Waitangi
Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework it would be practically impossible to safely proceed with the usual events of
Waitangi commemorations, which attract 30,000 to 40,000 people annually. The health and safety of visitors, staff and
the local community is of paramount importance to the Trust so cancelling the event is the only responsible decision
under the circumstances.
Waitangi National Trust Chairman Pita Tipene said it was a decision not taken lightly. “The first week in February is
when the attention of the nation is focused on Waitangi and its significance in our national character, the week when we
host tens of thousands of manuhiri from all over Aotearoa New Zealand. However, we are in unprecedented times and the
health of our people and of our visitors is our primary concern. I know many will be disappointed but it is the right
call for the times we are in and we will now look for creative ways in which to commemorate the promise of Waitangi. All
going well, Waitangi Week will be back bigger and better than ever in 2023.”
Waitangi Treaty Grounds will be working with radio, TV and online broadcasters to deliver a virtual Waitangi Day
experience on 6 February 2022.