Waitangi Day at Te Manawa
The pukaea or trumpet sounds the welcome as people gather at Te Marae o Hine in The Square for Waitangi Day.
Following the 9.30am karakia and the raising of the national flag, Rangitaane flag and city flag, participants will join a hikoi along Main St to Te Manawa for the main celebrations 176 years after Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed in the Bay of Islands in 1840.
New Zealand’s national day is the Museum of Art Science and History’s biggest event of the year. From 10am – 2pm speeches, song and activities will spill out onto the space between the Art Gallery and Convention Centre, while providing a link with the neighbouring Health & Wellbeing Expo on one side, and the Railway Land Gypsy Fair on the other.
Among the highlights at Te Manawa will be logging into activities at the eight ‘participation stations’ to go in the draw to win an iPad. Among these stations is Project Waitangi where visitors will be able to learn more about the treaty. At the Rugby Museum station, curator Stephen Berg will be presenting his history of the haka as a precursor to All Black rugby matches. Entry to the Rugby Museum is by gold coin all day.
At 11am and at 2pm in the Globe Theatre, there are performances of Mighty Maui: The Daring Deeds of Ma¯ui by Toro Pikopiko Puppetry. Entry to the interactive show is also by gold coin koha.
On the main stage at Te Manawa, the finals of the inaugural Waitangi Day Talent Quest are being held at 1pm. The heats for 13 – 19-year-olds were held on Monday and Tuesday at City Library’s Youth Space on Coleman Pl.
Youth Space team leader Pikioria Wylie says this year’s quest will act as a pilot for next year, with the heats of the ‘Taitamariki (teenage) got Talent’ format show resulting in eight finalists who will compete for a $700 Rock Shop first prize.
Sounding the pukaea or wooden trumpet during the traditional karakia and flag-raising ceremony at Te Marae o Hine in The Square before the hikoi to Te Manawa during a previous Te Manawa Waitangi Day celebration.