Wai­tangi Day at Te Manawa

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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.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON

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.

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