Naval Guard (MC 08-0030-22).
1 February 2009
The Royal New Zealand Navy has been invited by the people of Tai Tokerau to attend Waitangi Day Celebrations in the Bay of Islands and will continue its proud history of playing a major part in the commemorative ceremonies during the 169th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Amphibious Sea Support Ship, HMNZS CANTERBURY, will anchor off Waitangi from 3 – 6 February. His Excellency the Governor General of New Zealand, The Honourable Anand Satyanand and Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Ledson will attend the celebrations.
2009 marks the third return of a Naval Guard as part of the formal ceremony with a 100 man Royal Guard of Honour, made up of personnel from naval ships and shore establishments. The guard will be taking part in two Ceremonial Beat Retreat Ceremonies scheduled for 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm on both Thursday 5 and Friday 6 February, with His Excellency the Governor General and the Chief of Navy reviewing the ceremonies respectively.
Performances by the Navy Maori Cultural Group and the Navy Band are also part of the Waitangi Festival, with the Navy Band performing public concerts in Kerikeri, Paihia and Russell.
Key Naval personnel will be participating in official events over 4 - 6 February, with the Navy Band performing a lead in to the two formal flag lowering ceremonies - 'Beat Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset Ceremony' that will take place from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm on 5th February and again on Waitangi Day to close the celebrations.
Tuesday 3 February
1400 HMNZS CANTERBURY arrives and anchors off Waitangi
1800 - 2000 Navy Band Concert at The Centre in Kerikeri (queries to The Centre Booking Office)
Wednesday 4 February
0900 Powhiri at Te Tii Marae
1000 Navy Band Concert at ‘The Green’ Russell
1400 – 1500 Navy Band and Navy Maori Concert Group Beat Retreat Rehearsal at Treaty Grounds
Thursday 5 February
1000 - 1030 Navy Kapa Haka performing onstage at Waitangi
1030 Navy Band performing for the public at Paihia Village Green
1030 - 1300 10 School children from local schools hosted onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY (prizewinners)
1300 - 1515 Beat Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset Rehearsal at Treaty Grounds
1330 - 1400 Navy Kapa Haka performing onstage at Waitangi
1730 - 1800 Beat Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset Ceremony at Flagpole – evening gun fired from HMNZS CANTERBURY - Treaty Grounds – reviewed by His Excellency the Governor-General of New Zealand, The Honourable Anand Satyanand.
Friday 6 February
0500 Dawn Karakia at Whare Runanga Treaty Grounds
0830 - 0930 Waka Karakia at Te Tii Beach
1030 - 1130 Church Service – Whare Waka
1130 - 1200 Navy Band performing at the Flagpole
1200 21 Gun Salute is fired from HMNZS CANTERBURY – Official Navy Party takes the salute from the Flagpole
1730 - 1800 Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony at Flagpole – evening gun fired from HMNZS CANTERBURY Treaty Grounds – reviewed by Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Ledson
2000 HMNZS CANTERBURY sails from Paihia
For further information, including requests for interviews at Waitangi please contact Lieutenant Commander Barbara Cassin, Media Manager Navy 021-2440638