Gath­er­ing to­gether for Wai­tangi Day

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - DIANA WOR­THY

Wai­tangi Day is be­ing cel­e­brated at the is­land’s Pir­i­tahi Marae with fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, but there will also be a more se­ri­ous mes­sage.

This year, there will be screen­ings of short films from Pir­i­tahi Hau Ora’s Meth Free Film Com­pe­ti­tion, along with the usual fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

The hau ora or­gan­ised the com­pe­ti­tion in Septem­ber 2017 to help ed­u­cate young peo­ple about the de­struc­tive im­pacts of tak­ing metham­phetamine, or P.

Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners were an­nounced at Art­works Theatre on Oc­to­ber 19.

Last Breath, which was di­rected and pro­duced by Eli Cantwell and Thomas Sars­field, won the award for best film in the 16 to 24 year old cat­e­gory.

Lea Fini di­rected and pro­duced Crys­talised Dreams, which won the award for the best film in the 15 years and un­der sec­tion.

Other win­ners in­cluded Gil Sellem, Sa­rina Oet­gen and Mar­lena Koeninger for Hap­pi­ness is what you meth (miss) and Otto Bur­rows for All Meth’d Up.

Now peo­ple will get an­other chance to see the best short films en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Hau ora and Oneroa Ac­ci­dent and Med­i­cal Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Judy Davis said about 30 per cent of pa­tients seek­ing help at the two med­i­cal cen­tres were af­fected by the drug.

‘‘The screen­ings are an amaz­ing dis­play of in­ge­nu­ity, un­der­stand­ing and in­sight­ful­ness of the youth on Wai­heke to the drug prob­lem and the ef­fect of meth on fam­i­lies,’’ Davis said.

‘‘The mes­sage is ‘don’t start’.

‘‘And don’t be scared to ask for help.’’

Davis said as well as the screen­ings, the focus this year would be on whanau cel­e­brat­ing New Zealand as Maori.

‘‘We’ll be show­cas­ing re­la­tion­ships. The Pir­i­tahi is open to all on Wai­heke Is­land,’’ she said.

The Wai­tangi Day pro­gramme starts with a powhiri at 9.30am, fol­lowed by a kapa haka per­for­mance at 11am.

It is a com­bined ef­fort by stu­dents from all three of the is­land’s schools - Te Hu­ruhi, Wai­heke Pri­mary and Wai­heke High School.

From noon, peo­ple will be able to buy a por­tion of freshly cooked food from the hangi.

Af­ter­noon ac­tiv­i­ties un­til 3pm in­clude the film screen­ings, craft and cul­tural work­shops, tra­di­tional tat­toos, badge mak­ing, face paint­ing, pony rides and waka ama pad­dling.

Judy Davis said the cel­e­bra­tion was for ev­ery­one to en­joy. DIANA WOR­THY/ STUFFNZ

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