Waitangi Day celebration returns to Hayman Park

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Auckland, January 17, 2018

Auckland Council has announced that Waitangi ki Manukau will return to Hayman Park in Manukau this year.

This free-for-all event will be held on Waitangi Day on Tuesday 6, 2018.

It would be day for family outing to enjoy live music, taste Mori and Pacific kai in the Waitangi Village and learn about the Treaty of Waitangi through interactive family activities.

Favourites and fresh talent

This years music line-up mixes fresh talent with local favourites; chill out to the mesmerising vocals of Maisey Rika or groove to Rootz Konekt, Sweet Echo and RnR Music.

Visitors can also enjoy the sounds from wahine DJ A Hori George, haka from Te Tai Tonga and Te Kura Mori o Ng Tapuwae and watch the graceful poi movements from Poipoia.

The stars of the future will take the stage, including the lilting vocals of Tuakoi Ohia and the smooth saxophone tones of Stand Up Stand Out 2017 winner Soakai Malamala.

TONE6, a group packed with vocal talent out of the SaintzUp Performing Arts Trust will also perform.

Waitangi Village

Make sure you visit the Waitangi village to taste Mori and Pacific kai and learn about the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi through interactive, family-friendly activities. Have a go at the arts and crafts stalls with fun for all ages and look out for Auckland Libraries Maui Ptaka Krero Kaewa Mobile Library thats adorned with legends of Maui and offering storytelling, weaving and kite-making activities.

Get along early and make the most of the special chance to experience a traditional welcoming ceremony, the pwhiri, which will start the celebration at 9 am.

Councillor Alf Filipaina has been a part of the event from its beginnings and is looking forward to joining the celebrations at Hayman Park again this year.

Celebrating diversity

Waitangi ki Manukau has an awesome line-up of live music, tasty kai and fun activities and will be a great day out for all the whnau. Come along to be entertained, celebrate the diversity of our people and learn about an important part of our history, he said.

Auckland Councils Waitangi ki Manukau is a zero-waste, smoke-free and alcohol-free event, supported by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Wnanga o Aotearoa, Waikato Tainui and Mai FM.

If you are looking for a Waitangi Day event closer to your area, you are also welcome to the other Waitangi Day events supported by Auckland Council, including Waitangi @ Waititi at Hoani Waititi Marae, Oratia and Waitangi Day 2018 at Okahu Bay.

Waitangi Day event details:

Waitangi ki Manukau

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 9 am to 5 pm

Hayman Park, 51-55 Lambie Dr, Manukau

For more information, visit Auckland Council Facebook, Waitangi ki Manukau event.

Waitangi @ Waititi

Tuesday February 6, 2018, 930 am to 530 pm,

Hoani Waititi Marae, 451 West Coast Road, Oratia

Visit www.waipareira.com

Waitangi Day 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 10 am to 3 pm

rkei Domain, Okahu Bay, rkei

Visit www.ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

Image credits:

  1. Visitors enjoying local entertainment at Waitangi Day Family Celebrations 2017

(Picture by Raymond Sagapolutele, Courtesy of Auckland Council)

  1. Te Tai Tonga Kapa Haka performing at Waitangi Day Family Celebrations 2017

(Picture by Raymond Sagapolutele, Courtesy Auckland Council)

  1. Maisey Rika (Picture by Shae Stirling)

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