Celebrating Kīngitanga: Waikato University Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, left, and Kīngi Tūheitia during the day-long celebrations.
Kīngi Tūheitia joined the University of Waikato to celebrate Kīngitanga Day on April 21.
All classes were cancelled for the day to allow staff and students the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, which included seminars, presentations, weaving and craft workshops, food and merchandise stalls, live kapa haka performances, and the Waikato Student Union Royal Carnival.
Kīngi Tūheitia and his whānau attended a number of seminars and presentations, and he also launched the University Library’s online catalogue in Māori.
Kīngitanga Day, which is held on the actual birth date of Kīngi Tūheitia, celebrates the University’s distinctive heritage, histories and relationships with the community.
The University of Waikato has had strong connections with the Kīngitanga and Tainui since the University was founded in 1964 and it is this distinctive relationship that the University honours each year through Kīngitanga Day.