Navy To Support Waitangi Day Activities

29 January 2013

The Royal New Zealand Navy will continue its traditional involvement and support in Waitangi Day activities in the Bay of Islands this year.

The Navy is invited annually by the people of Tai Tokerau to attend Waitangi Day activities, and plays a major part in the commemorative ceremonies.

This year the Navy warship, HMNZS TE MANA, will anchor off Waitangi 5-6 February.

A Beat Retreat and sunset ceremony will take place at the Treaty Ground flagpole on Tuesday 5 February. A 100-man Royal Guard of Honour will conduct the ceremonial lowering of the white ensign, signifying the end of the day. This will be reviewed by the Governor General of New Zealand, His Excellency Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae.

The Navy Band, under the new Director, Lieutenant Commander Owen Clarke, will perform several public concerts in the region 2-6 February.

From the outset, Waitangi commemorations have included Naval involvement – firstly with Royal Navy ships and officers, and more latterly with the Royal New Zealand Navy, which first paraded at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in 1947. In 1990, the Navy was presented with a Charter recognising the strength of the relationship between the Navy and community in the region.

Naval Programme

Saturday 2 February
1800       Navy Band Concert at the Turner Centre, Kerikeri
Sunday 3 February
1400       Navy Band Concert at the Paihia Village Green
Monday 4 February
1000     Powhiri at Ti Tii Marae, Governor General and Navy personnel
1000 - 1100    Navy Band Concert at the Russell Village Green

Tuesday 5 February
AM HMNZS TE MANA anchors off Waitangi

0800       Colours ceremony at Waitangi Treaty Ground Flagpole
1245 - 1430    Full rehearsal for Beat Retreat at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds 
1645 - 1730   Beat Retreat & Sunset ceremony

Wednesday 6 February
0500       Dawn Service
0800       Colours ceremony at Waitangi Treaty Ground Flagpole
1000       Church Service, Chief of Navy and Principal Navy Chaplain
1110 Te Reo Heramana Culture Club

1130        Navy Band concert at Treaty Ground Flagpole
1200       21 Gun Salute from HMNZS TE MANA

1215 RNZAF Red Checkers aerial display




For further information, including requests for interviews at Waitangi please contact Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall, Senior Media Adviser (Navy) 021 244 0638

This page was last reviewed on 4 February 2013.