Kīngitanga Day

University of Waikato, Thursday 13 September 2018

Kingitanga Day Design Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato – the University of Waikato has had strong connections with Kīngitanga and Waikato-Tainui since it was founded in 1964. Kīngitanga Day, now in its tenth 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 by University staff and guests, free bus tours, live entertainment and kai. Nau mai, haere mai – come celebrate with us.

Venue: University of Waikato Hamilton Campus
Date: Thursday 13 September 2018
Time: 9am onwards (final session begins at 5.30pm)

Kīngitanga Day 2018 Theme

Kīngitanga Day has always been a celebration of growth and wisdom drawing together not only Māori, but the people of Aotearoa. This year’s theme Kīngitanga mō te ao katoa promotes unity and inclusion of all people. It symbolises the global reach that the Kīngitanga has had over the past 160 years and that it is not just for Māori. To further enhance the day of celebrations, a secondary theme has also been chosen: wellbeing and sustainability.

Official Kīngitanga Day Programme

Download the full 2018 Kīngitanga Day programme.

Kīngitanga Day 2018 activities

Keynote speaker: Rahui Papa

Long time Waikato-Tainui and te Reo Māori advocate, Rahui Papa, will give a guest lecture on Kīngitanga mō te ao katoa: Relationships across the world – which is also the day’s theme.

Sustainability and Wellbeing workshops

This year we’re honouring our people and Papatūānuku with a focus on wellbeing and sustainability. All Kīngitanga Day food packaging will be biodegradable and we actively encourage you to recycle.
The Village Green events feature guest speakers on men’s and women’s health matters, and the Eco Emporium are onsite with a pop-up recycle boutique and sustainability workshops on making your own reusable bag and beeswax wrappers. There is also a Rongoā Hīkoi where you can learn about some of the Māori medicinal plants on campus while enjoying a brisk stroll.

Free film screening: Maui's Hook – 5.30pm

Join us for refreshments from 5pm, followed by the exclusive screening of Māui's Hook at 5.30pm in the Concert Chamber. Māui's Hook is the new film by Māori psychologist and filmmaker Paora Joseph (Tātarakihi: Children of Parihaka) which invites open discussion of suicide through the brave testimony of five grieving families travelling to Cape Reinga. Watch the trailer below.

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