The sounds of Waitangi Day echo in the city
Traditional Maori games, weaving, live music and a family atmosphere marked Waitangi Day in Palmerston North.
Celebrations began with flags being raised in The Square just before 8.30am.
Rangitane iwi kaumatua Wiremu Te Awe Awe said the iwi had laid the foundations for peace and it was important that Maori and the Government walked together. ‘‘It is a day of celebration.’’ Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith said the Waitangi festivities took place at the end of what had been a busy weekend for the city, with the Superstock Teams Championships at the Speedway and a variety of sporting events being held in the city.
Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway said it was a family day and echoed Te Awe Awe’s comments that it was a time for
‘‘It is a day to think about our history and where we are going’’
City MP, Iain Lees-Galloway
‘‘It is a day to think about our history and where we are going.’’
By Monday afternoon, the number of people taking part in the day’s celebrations organised at Te Manawa, had swelled into the thousands.
Events included a variety of live performers, a talent quest, Maori games and educational stalls.
Te Manawa partnerships adviser and kaiarahi Henare Kani said the day had been well celebrated.
‘‘We tried to provide a safe place where people can come to be together and live the spirit of the treaty.’’
Rob Thorne demonstrates the Maori instrument Pukaea as he leads people through Te Manawa for the Waitangi Day celebrations on Monday.
Willow Brizzell, 7, of Palmerston North, has a go at flax weaving at Te Manawa.