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.

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