The Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival will be held on 6 February 2017 at the Ōtākou Marae, Tamatea Road Ōtākou on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin. Pōwhiri 10am – poroporoaki 3pm. The theme for the festival is Te Hereka Waka – binding together the People of the Pacific, to strengthen our connections and relationships pre and post 1840.

While we are still firming up our programme, we are still hopeful of a Crown representative attending and will include representation from as many Pacific nations as possible and a presentation on the Papanui waka with a short opportunity to view it, plus other cool activities. We would appreciate it if Ōtākou whānau would think about volunteering their time to assist on the day to make this a successful celebration of our connections. The official programme will come out later. Christmas and holidays disperse everyone their own way right in the middle of the lead up to 6 February, so whānau, your early consideration and planning is appreciated. Ka mihi aroha ki a koutou e te whānau o Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.