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Kia Ora ALF Whanau Some of us are joining the Hikoi ki Waitangi with the Karuwha trust from the 3-6th of February. Come and join us! ALF has joined with Karuwha in the past at Waitangi and it is always a great time. Details follow, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We invite you to join us for Hikoi ki Waitangi 2018 – Karuwha Trust’s annual pilgrimage to Waitangi.
As New Zealanders, Waitangi sits at the heart of our identity. It's where the Treaty was first signed; and it’s home to the people who welcomed New Zealand’s first Christian missionaries. The stories of Waitangi are our stories; they are your stories. Waitangi is a place for everybody.
Karuwha Trust aims to help people experience the commemorations, and to form their own connection to this place. The people involved in Karuwha Trust have been making this journey for many years now.
The four-day pilgrimage is held over the Waitangi Commemorations, 3-6 February, and is an invitation to experience Waitangi first-hand: to visit significant sites, to sit in the whenua, to spend time listening to stories of our past, and to seek a better understanding of our country.
Over the four days we will: Visit Oihi Bay where Ruatara invited Samuel Marsden to preach his famous Christmas Day message in 1814 Visit the Treaty Grounds Join Henry Williams’ descendant, Elisabeth Ludbrook, on a tour of the Paihia church and mission grounds Gather for a sung worship evening at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Pakaraka (venue TBC) Witness the build-up to Waitangi Day, hear the political conversations, and participate in the commemorations Attend the Waitangi Day Dawn Service Help the hau kainga (the people of Te Tii Marae, the hosts) as they host the Waitangi day commemorations, by serving in the kitchen as they feed hundreds of people, and help with car parking and cleaning. We’d love you to join us.
Schedule: The draft schedule is attached. A final schedule will be confirmed at the end of January.
Registration: Registrations for the pilgrimage are now open and can be filled in online at the Karuwha website karuwha.org.nz/karuwha-waitangi/ If you are coming as a family or group and want to pay together, your group leader can fill out a single registration form on behalf of your group. If you are coming as an individual, please fill in the registration form for individuals.
Cost: The cost to join the pilgrimage is $80 waged and $65 for unwaged and students. Children are very welcome and are free. Registrations cover the cost of organising the pilgrimage including equipment hire, venue costs, and staff and speaker costs. You’ll need to cover your own food and accommodation. Two additional costs you’ll need to cover are a) $4 for the entry to Ngawha springs (if you’re wanting a soak on Saturday night) and b) $20 for the entry to the Treaty Grounds.
Accommodation: If you want to join Karuwha at the Waitangi Holiday Park, the cost is $20 per adult, per night and $7 per child, per night. While it may not be the comfiest option, the location of the Holiday Park is hard to beat. You can indicate your desire to tent with Karuwha when you register. If camping isn’t your thing, we recommend you book your accommodation ASAP. It turns out the Navy, Army, Police, and Government officials are all looking for places to stay as well. It can be hard to find accommodation.If you have any queries, please get in touch. You can email us or call Lillian Murray on 027 789 5561.