Waitangi Day festival

Published : January 11, 2018




​Sunday 11 February 2018


Dandenong Market is celebrating Waitangi Day on Sunday 11 February (10am - 4pm) with traditional NZ and Pacific street food, live performances and free tā moko face painting for market visitors.

The event will feature a dozen food trucks and market stalls selling New Zealand and Islander food, clothing and jewellery.

Visitors will be wowed by traditional kapa haka performance by Te Hononga O Nga Iwi and mau rakau martial arts demonstration by Te Ara Hononga.

Visitors can also shake their hips to live performances from Soul Purpose Band and Brand New Bag who'll keep it funky and fresh.

Visitors can also have their faces painted in the traditional tā moko style.

All entertainment and activities are free. Free entry. Free parking.

Waitangi Day commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand. Named after Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on 6 February 1840. The Treaty of Waitangi made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Maori rights to their land and gave Maoris the rights of British subjects.

 

Traders

Dandenong Market is currently seeking food and general merchandise traders for our Waitangi Day festival.

Click here to apply for a food stall or truck at Dandenong Market's Waitangi Day festival

 

Live performances

10am: Soul Purpose
Soul Purpose has a huge songs list, starting from the 1950s right through to today's top 40s.

11am: Cook Island Performance
Traditional dance of the Cook Islands.

11:35amBrand New Bag
Based in Melbourne, Brand New Bag play the music of great soul artists such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. Check them out on Facebook.

12:35pm Ngà Hapu Katoa children's group
Children's group performing traditional song and dance.

1pm: Te Hononga O Nga Iwi Māori culture group
Te Hononga o nga Iwi means the coming together of the Maori tribes of New Zealand. Te Hononga o nga Iwi are a kapa haka group based in the South-East suburbs of Melbourne who perform traditional Māori song and dance - their performances are renowned for their emotional and powerful combination of song, dance and chanting.

1:45pm: Mau rākau display by Te Ara Hononga
Demonstration of the traditional art of mau rākau, a martial art based on traditional Māori weapons by Te Ara Hononga.

2:30pm: Soul Purpose
Soul Purpose has a huge songs list, starting from the 1950s right through to today's top 40s.

3:25pm: Te Hononga O Nga Iwi Māori culture group
Te Hononga o nga Iwi means the coming together of the Maori tribes of New Zealand. Te Hononga o nga Iwi are a kapa haka group based in the South-East suburbs of Melbourne who perform traditional Māori song and dance - their performances are renowned for their emotional and powerful combination of song, dance and chanting.

 

Free activities

Moko face painting
Tā moko is a traditional body art often associated with cultural performances such as Kapa Haka performances. The designs are created with face paint, using intricate stencils.

Event information

What: Waitangi Day celebration
Day: 11 February 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Southern car park, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong
Cost: Free.
Parking: Parking is free for the event.
Getting here: Dandenong Market is located in the south east of Melbourne and can be accessed via the Monash Freeway (Stud Road exit) or Eastlink (Dandenong exit). Dandenong market is also a 15 minute walk from the Dandenong train station.