Waitangi Day festival

Published : February 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.

 

Food trucks and stalls 

NZ Street Food
Kiwi inspired kai (food), served from a classic food truck. NZ Street Food is best known for our hugely popular hāngi, a traditional dish made with chicken, lamb, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, cabbage, stuffing and fried bread. Facebook.

NZ sweets and treats
The NZ dairy comes to Dandenong. Offering a delicious selection of New Zealand brand chips, chocolate, biscuits and drinks, this is the place to visit for sweet tooths!

Mike's Mussels
Mike's Mussels is a farmer and supplier of Portalignton Mussels. Catch Mike's Mussels at Waitangi Day for both fresh and cooked mussels. Facebook.

Pacific Eats
Samoan-inspired Chinese street food, reflecting the huge impact that the Chinese have in our Samoan cooking Check them out on Facebook.

Flamin Skewers
Traditional street barbecue: try their marinated lamb on the spit, mouth-watering BBQ beef ribs and beef salad rolls. Facebook.

 

Clothing, art, design and sport

Jae Tuhi Maori Carving

Jae Tuhi Maori Carving specialises in custom design Maori carvings for all occassions. They also produce authentic NZ pounamu/Greenstone, Bone carvings and other products to give the people of Australia the opportunity to own a piece of beautiful Maori Culture. Facebook.

Jandal Broz Clothing 
Jandal Broz Clothing's mission is to celebrate the beautiful culture we have together as one people and to produce clothing that proudly represents all Pacific people: Website and Facebook.

Koru Design
Maori and Pacific designed cloaks (formerly Koru Fashionz). Facebook.

Phresh Printz
Waitangi-themed t-shirts, Kiwiana novelty t-shirts.

Tumeke Designs
Tumeke Designs combine traditional Maori design and high-quality clothing. Check out their t-shirts, singlets, hoodies, jackets and jandals. Website, Facebook and Instagram.

Waverley Oakleigh Panthers Rugby League Football Club
The Waverley Oakleigh Panthers are a Rugby League Club founded in 1976. With a large number of members of Polynesian descent, the Panthers are a family-orientated club who are excited to join the market's Waitangi Day celebration. Website and Facebook.

 

 

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.