Come to­gether at Wai­tangi Day

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

An ex­ten­sive pro­gramme of events and en­ter­tain­ment is planned at Te Manawa for Wai­tangi Day.

Celebration or­gan­iser Henare Kani said the theme was ‘‘bring­ing peo­ple to­gether’’.

This year, the main stage will be out front on the Globe The­atre car park. Not only will this pro­vide more room but will help keep the noise away from the atrium.

‘‘The street will be blocked off to al­low the crowd to spill out of the car park and pro­vide easy ac­cess for food trucks.’’

En­ter­tain­ment in the morn­ing will open with solo per­former Sonny Tatana, fol­lowed by young acous­tic duo The Jour­ney Brothers.

Feild­ing’s Brazil­ian drum­mers Samba Ao Vento, fa­mil­iar to city au­di­ences from per­for­mances at the food truck nights, per­form next. They’ll be fol­lowed by a dance en­sem­ble of 90 Pa­pua stu­dents who are at IPU, shar­ing their cul­ture.

‘‘They’re a pretty dy­namic group. There will be a welcome for them dur­ing the 8.30am open­ing and flag rais­ing cer­e­mony at Te Marae O Hine in The Square.’’

Af­ter­noon on the main stage will fea­ture the nine age­group fi­nal­ists of the Wa­iata For Wai­tangi youth tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion.

There’s more en­ter­tain­ment in­side.

‘‘Up­stairs in the McDiarmid Foyer there will be per­for­mances by Abi Symes, Rob Thorne and An­nie Web­ster. In the court­yard there’s a Bhutanese cul­tural dance group and a singing duo, with a Burmese chil­dren’s dance group.’’

Chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres on the Globe, with An­drew Wil­son ma­gi­cian, and face-paint­ing by Leda Far­row. There will be the op­por­tu­nity to attract spot prizes for fam­ily en­try to Di­nosaur En­counter, and take part in a Dino Dig.

En­try to the Rugby Mu­seum where there’s a fea­ture on the haka, will be by gold coin do­na­tion, with Treaty in­for­ma­tion ses­sions in Gallery 5, and re­lated ex­hi­bi­tions in the art gallery.

‘‘We’ve utilised all ar­eas of the mu­seum and art gallery to cel­e­brate the day,’’ Kani said.

WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

En­joy­ing the Wai­tangi Day vibe at Te Manawa.

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