Come together at Waitangi Day
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.
Enjoying the Waitangi Day vibe at Te Manawa.