Annual Waitangi Lunch

 The Waka crews take part in the celebrations on a wet and cold Waitangi Day held at Waitangi, Northland. Photo / Dean Purcell

The Waka crews take part in the celebrations on a wet and cold Waitangi Day held at Waitangi, Northland. Photo / Dean Purcell

The Waitangi Lunch commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 6th February 1840 between representatives of the British crown and  various chiefs of the Maori people of New Zealand and this date is now commemorated as New Zealand’s National Day.  As a result of the signing of the Treaty, New Zealand became a British colony and the Maori people gained the rights of British subjects.  The Treaty was eventually signed by over 500 Maori chiefs from the North Island but the English and Māori versions of the Treaty differed significantly, so there is no consensus as to exactly what was agreed, which continues to be a source of some grievance on the part of the Maori people to this day.

This year The Ballance House Waitangi Lunch is being held on Friday 3rd February.  If you would be interested in attending, please email info@theballancehouse.com.

12 - 12.30 pm Reception

12.30 - 2 pm  Lunch

2.15 - 3 pm  Presentation:  Mr Ashley Eves, a Director of the Ulster New Zealand Trust.  The subject of his presentation will be "The Shaky Isles".  

Tickets: £25 Single, £45 Double