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.

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