January 31, 2019
Culture and history on Waitangi Day agenda
You don’t have to go to Waitangi to mark Waitangi Day, and Āamaki Makaurau is gearing up for four major events to celebrate the bonds made in 1840.
Auckland Council arts and culture programmer Ataahua Papa says responsibility has been shared between the council, which is organising Waitangi ki Manukau at the Manukau Sports Bowl, iwi with Ngāti Whātūa’s concert at Ōrakei Domain by Ōkahu Bay, a matawaka event and Waitangi at Waititi, and from Saturday night to the following Thursday a collaboration between lines company Vector and Te Kawerau a Maki to light up the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Having Waitangi at Waititi next to a marae is an added bonus if people want to take a break from the music.
"Of course people can go along to Hoani Waititi Marae and learn a little more about culture, especially if they are new people arriving in our city, we have got a lot of people making Tāmaki Makaurau their home, so hopefully they will get out and make the opportunity to learn about the city, learn about Māori culture, to learn something about the treaty," Ms Papa says.
Entry to all Waitangi events is free.
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