Navy to parade at Waitangi

Thursday 02 February 2012

The Navy will continue its proud history this year of playing a major part in the commemorative ceremonies at Waitangi during the 172nd Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. 

This year two ships, HMNZS CANTERBURY the Multi-Role Vessel and HMNZS MANAWANUI the Dive Tender, will be in the Bay of Islands in addition to over 170 personnel participating in shore-based events over the weekend.

The Royal New Zealand Navy first paraded at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in 1947 and this year a 100 Man Royal Guard of Honour will participate in ceremonial events, an impressive sight befitting of the occasion.  In addition to the Guard there will be public performances throughout the weekend from the RNZN Band and Te Reo Heramana Culture Club (details below).

There are two Ceremonial Beat Retreat Ceremonies scheduled for both Sunday 5 February and Monday 6 February with His Excellency the Governor General and the Chief of Navy reviewing the ceremonies respectively.  During the ceremonies the public will be entertained by the Navy Band before the 100 man Royal Guard of Honour march on with military precision and pride to conduct the ceremonial lowering of the white ensign. 

Naval Programme

Thursday 2 February 2011

1800   Navy Band Concert at The Turner Centre in Kerikeri
Friday 3 February 2011

AM     HMNZS MANAWANUI arrives Opua Marina
PM     HMNZS CANTERBURY anchors off Treaty Grounds
1400 Navy Band Concert at Paihia Village Green
Saturday 4 February 2011

0900               Powhiri at Ti Tii Marae for the Governor General and Navy personnel
1000 - 1100  Navy Band Concert at the Russell Village Green

Sunday 5 February 2011

0800                Colours Ceremony at Waitangi Treaty Ground Flagpole
1000 - 1230   Schoolchildren tour and lunch onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY
1645 - 1730   Beat Retreat & Ceremonial Sunset -reviewed by the Governor General  

Monday   6 February 2011

0500   Dawn Service
0800   Colours at Waitangi Treaty Ground Flagpole
1030   Church Service - involvement by CN and Principal Navy Chaplain
1100   Entertainment by Flagpole (includes RNZN Band and Kapa Haka)
1200   Navy Band entertainment as lead in to Gun Salute
1230   Navy Band and Kapa Haka entertain
1600   Beat retreat & Ceremonial Sunset-reviewed by the Chief of Navy


For further information, including requests for interviews at Waitangi please contact Lieutenant Commander Angela Barker, Senior Media and Communications Adviser (Navy) on 021 244 0638


This page was last reviewed on 3 February 2012.