January 31, 2017
Little embraces Australia in Waitangi message
While Prime Minister Bill English has chosen to celebrate Waitangi Day in Auckland, Labour’s Andrew Little has decided one country can’t confine his joy.
He’s crossing the Tasman with Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene to attend a Waitangi Festival at the Holroyd Gardens Park in western Sydney on Saturday.
He’ll speak on Labour’s plans for Maori, and Ngai Tahu’s Nga Toi o Te Rangi kapa haka will be there in support.
He’s back in Aotearoa the next day travelling to Waitangi for the fomal welcome on Sunday morning and the dawn service at the Whare Runanga on Waitangi Day.
Porirua is planning a multi-cultural walk to start its Waitangi Day Festival of the Elements.
People are invited to bring their national flag to Takapuwahia Marae and join Ngati Toa in a walk to Te Rauparaha Park for the official opening of the festival.
Mayor Mike Tana says everyone granted citizenship in Porirua last year has been invited to attend a powhiri and morning tea at the marae before the event.
Meanwhile Waikato Museum is marking the event with the touring show Disenchanted Prophets, a collection of photographs of Waitangi protests over the years by Mark Adams, Bruce Connew, Gil Hanly, John Miller, and Ans Westra.
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