Waitangi Day marked
What does Waitangi Day mean to you?
‘‘I think it’s an opportunity for us as a community to come together and look at issues, to be kind to each other, to perhaps share with each other,’’ says Henare Kani, Strategic Partnerships Advisor at Te Manawa. ‘‘We can share the Ma¯ori world.’’
On 6 February, that sharing is precisely Te Manawa’s goal as it hosts the city’s Waitangi Day commemorations.
The whole Te Manawa precinct, from the Globe Theatre to the Convention Centre, will come alive with a rich cross-cultural cornucopia of music, activities and film. There’ll be magic shows, stalls to shop at, and our ever-popular ‘‘participation stations’’.
There’s even room for a little learning.
‘‘I think the key message of the Treaty is one of respect, equity, fairness and hope,’’ says Kani. ‘‘It’s worth planting those kinds of seeds.’’
Growing up, Kani’s understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi was one of protest, but since the sesquicentennial in 1990 his perspective changed. ‘‘Over the years I’ve found the biggest thing the Treaty’s done for me is give me a strong drive to serve my community,’’ he says.
‘‘It reminds me of the responsibilities we have as a society – to look for the common good, but also to bring forward the values that are inherent in Ma¯ori culture.’’
Waitangi Day celebrations are from 10am till 2pm.
Last year’s Waitangi Daywas enjoyed by a large crowd at Te Manawa.