Gathering together for Waitangi Day
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.