Navy ships at Waitangi

01 February 2010

This year the Royal New Zealand Navy will send two ships to the Bay of Islands to mark Waitangi Day.

Amphibious Sea Support Ship, HMNZS CANTERBURY, will anchor off Waitangi from 4 – 6 February.

 Inshore Patrol Vessel, HMNZS TAUPO, will be berthed in Opua from 3 February and will join CANTERBURY on the morning of 6 February.

The Royal New Zealand Navy first paraded at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in 1947, and the tradition is still lives on in 2010 in spectacular fashion.

The Navy has been invited by the people of Tai Tokerau to continue its proud history of playing a major part in the commemorative ceremonies at Waitangi during the 170th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty.

There are two Ceremonial Beat Retreat Ceremonies scheduled for 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm on both Friday 5 February and Saturday 6 February with His Excellency the Governor General and the Chief of Navy reviewing the ceremonies respectively. 

During the ceremonies the public will entertained by the Navy Band before a hundred man Royal Guard of Honour march on to conduct the ceremonial lowering of the white ensign. 

Throughout the celebrations there will be performances by the Navy Maori Cultural Group and Navy Band with public concerts in Kerikeri, Paihia and Russell.  

Navy Programme

Wednesday 3 February    
PM   HMNZS TAUPO berths at Opua     
1800 - 1930   Navy Band Concert at the Kerikeri RSA   

Thursday 4 February    
0700   HMNZS CANTERBURY arrives and anchors off Waitangi     
0900    Powhiri at Te Tii Marae   
1000    Navy Band Concert at ‘The Green’ Russell   
1400 – 1500    Navy Band Concert at the Village Green- Paihia   

Friday 5 February    
1000-1430   HMNZS TAUPO open to the public at Opua Wharf   
1030 - 1300   Ten School children from local schools hosted onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY (prizewinners)   
1315 - 1500    Beat Retreat and Ceremonial Sunset Rehearsal at Treaty Grounds   
1400-1430    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.   

Saturday 6 February    
0500    Dawn Karakia at Whare Runanga Treaty Grounds   
0800    Navy Colours Ceremony – Treaty Grounds   
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   
1300-1330   Navy Kapa Haka performing at the Whare  Waka   
1530-1600   Navy Kapa Haka performing at the Whare Rununga   
1730 - 1800   Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony at Flagpole – evening gun fired from HMNZS CANTERBURY Treaty Grounds – reviewed by Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tony Parr   
PM   HMNZS CANTERBURY sails from Paihia   
PM   HMNZS TAUPO sails from Paihia 


For further information, including requests for interviews at Waitangi please contact Lieutenant Sarah Campbell, Senior Media Adviser (Navy) 021 244 0638. 

This page was last reviewed on 19 January 2011.