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Te Rā o Waitangi/Waitangi Day 2023 - event CANCELLED


CANCELLED due to weather

It is with regret that we've had to make the call to cancel Te Rā o Waitangi/Waitangi Day Whānau Picnic and Movie night that was planned for 3 February. While the extreme weather experienced this week may be behind us, more rain is forecast for Friday 3 February. The open air nature of the event means the bad weather would make it an unpleasant experience for anyone willing to brave the conditions. 

Thanks to all those who were going to make this a great community event, and a special mention of our sponsors - Inghams, Fonterra and Countdown Te Aroha for their fantastic support. 

While the event won't go ahead, we're still planning to celebrate Waitangi Day by sharing a series of videos about Te Tiriti on Monday 6 Feb through the Council Facebook page.


Join us for an evening of free entertainment to commemorate Waitangi Day 2023.

Where: Te Aroha Domain

When: Friday, 3 February from 5pm

Featuring food stalls, entertainment and family-friendly activities from 5pm, and a free open air, New Zealand movie 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' from approximately 8pm (note movie start time is dependant on sunlight)

BYO picnic blanket/bean bags/cushions (no chairs as they may damage the croquet lawn). BYO food also welcome.

This is a smoke, vape, alcohol and pet free event - bought to you by Te Manawhenua Forum mō Matamata-Piako, Te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Matamata-Piako (Matamata-Piako District Council), and Manatū Taonga (Ministry of Culture & Heritage).

Registrations for stall holders for this event have now closed. If you would like to register your interest as a stallholder for future events please email your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "c/o comms team: registering interest for future events".