Kīngitanga Day

University of Waikato, Thursday 14 September 2017

Kingitanga Day Design The University of Waikato has had strong connections with Kīngitanga and Waikato-Tainui since it was founded in 1964.  Kīngitanga Day, now in its ninth year, is an annual event that honours these special relationships and celebrates the University’s unique identity, distinctive culture and leadership.

A programme of activities is scheduled for the day,  designed to showcase our cultural vibrancy and diversity, including seminars, guest panels, bus tours, live entertainment and kai. Nau mai, haere mai – come celebrate with us.

Venue: University of Waikato Hamilton Campus
Date: Thursday 14 September 2017
Time: 9am onwards

Official Kīngitanga Day Programme

Download the official 2017 Kīngitanga Day programme.

Win Beats headphones, UoW puffer jackets & hoodies

Take a selfie at any 2017 Kīngitanga Day activity, snap us @waikatouni or upload to Instagram using the hashtag #selfie4KDay and be in to win a pair of red Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones, or other prizes including UoW puffer jackets and hoodies.


Kīngitanga Day 2017 Guest Panels

Instead of a keynote address this year, Kīngitanga Day 2017 will feature two guest panel presentations.

Parihaka and He Puanga Haeata: Restoration, Redress, Reconciliation

In June, the reconciliation ceremony He Puanga Haeata was held between the Crown and Parihaka, where the Crown apologised for the atrocities suffered following the invasion of Parihaka in 1881. This panel brings together the Parihaka papakainga involved in that day. They will share their experiences and reflections of the importance of the reconciliation ceremony for them as a papakainga.
Panellists: Puna o te Aroha Wano-Bryant, Dr Ruakere Hond, Wharehoka Wano, Whakaarahia Kukutai and Hemi Sundgren
Facilitator: Associate Professor Leonie Pihama and Hōri Manuirirangi
Location: Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber
Time: 9am

Ngā Tamatoa: reflections on activism

Ngā Tamatoa was a radical Māori activist group that emerged in the 1970s and, through a series of high profile protest actions, galvanised public discussion about the rights of Māori, the recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi and the role and status of Te Reo Māori. A number of high profile activists such as Taura Eruera, Syd Jackson, Hana Jackson, Tame Iti and Donna Awatere were members. Ngā Tamatoa also promoted the Māori Language Petition led by Hana Jackson, started a court advocacy programme and ran a schools education programme. This guest panel is a rare coming together of some of the members of Ngā Tamatoa who will reflect on their aspirations, motivations, political philosophies and actions.
Panellists: Des Kahotea, John Ohia, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Tame Iti, Toro Waaka, Morehu McDonald and Ripeka Evans.
Facilitator: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Location: Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber
Time: 5pm

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