Big Waitangi weekend in Te Anau

Isla Dale (8), of Te Anau, with her artistic feather for the Community Korowai project, which is part of Te Anau's Waitangi Day programme for 2022. Partnering with Te Anau Library, the project's aim is for the community to make a korowai or cloak' which will then be displayed. Templates for the feathers can be picked up to take home or the feathers can be completed at the library.

TE ANAU Waitangi Day commemorations this year will be different from the past, with a programme of community activities and visual displays, all for free.

Te Anau Waitangi Charitable Trust was formally established in July 2021 and the new entity has been successful in attracting funding for commemorations in 2022.

The programme will run from January 30-February 7, with a range of activities to offer something for everyone.

Trust chairwoman Jill Larrivee said while it was not possible to hold a large, open event at Lions Park, Te Anau, the trust was excited about the week-long programme and what it meant for the community.

“The generous support received by funders means that most of the activities and small-scale events on offer to the public are free.

“Our programme has had to evolve to keep in step with the potential of Covid-19 in our community and be compliant with the new traffic light system. Obviously, we have needed to engage with our funders and community partners on changes to the programme, so we have been announcing the smaller events and activities as things take shape. There is always the possibility that things will change in the coming weeks, and we are still adding to the programme, so we encourage people to visit our website to stay up to date, she said.

Activities and events include a mixed-media art competition, which closes on January 28, a cultural and historic cruise package on board Faith with Fiordland Historic Cruises, Ron Bull and Nga Hau E Wha kapa haka performers, a selfie photographic hikoi competition, and special film screenings of Moana and Cousins at Fiordland Cinema.

Raranga harakeke (flax weaving) workshops with local weaver Des Cooper will be run on opening and closing days of the festival and there will be an opportunity for people to paddle a waka with Te Piritahi-a-rua Waka Ama, from Waihopai, on Lake Te Anau on Waitangi Day.

Another highlight will be an evening performance by critically acclaimed artist and storyteller Marcus Winter, also known as the hosted at Te Anau Club.

  • For more information on Te Anau’s Waitangi Day commemorations or the activities leading up to the week, phone Joy Crouchley on 021 226 6164, email, go to or find Te Anau Waitangi Charitable Trust on Facebook.