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Te Ra o Waitangi Day - A Celebration of Waitangi Day


Fri 6 Feb 2015, 12:15pm–1:00pm

Where: Waitangi Park, 107 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Taranaki Whānui will gather our kai karanga, kai korero and kai waiata to open the 2015 Waitangi Day celebrations. Our people will come from far and wide, and stand proudly together as mana whenua and Taranaki Whānui. Traditional karakia and waiata will be performed to acknowledge those that have passed on, our founding document and those that are gathered to celebrate the day.

Looking out across Te Moana o Raukawa the day will be heralded by the putātāra (conch) to signal that the celebrations are beginning. A whakatau will be conducted by mana whenua, starting with the karanga to welcome dignitaries and visitors alike. Traditional karakia will acknowledge our tūpuna whom have since passed and our connection to the whenua. Following the formal proceedings we will invite our guests to join us for refreshments. This also provides an opportunity for people to come together under the mantle of our shared history. To reconnect and to network with each other will also be important component of the day.

Taranaki Whānui group Nga Maramara o Taranaki will open the festival with a performance of waiata tūturu o Taranaki. This group is made up of Taranaki descendants from across the region, which share not only whakapapa but the love of waiata and performance. This will be the first time a mana whenua Taranaki whānui group will perform at Waitangi Day. The group will weave a story through song, poi and haka to connect with our community and guests. Following the performance the whānau will also take the opportunity to share kai and kōrero.

Once again this day will enable mana whenua to share our Taranakitanga with those gathered and to reinvigorate our partnerships with the Wellington City Council and other invited guests. As mana whenua in Wellington we warmly encourage everyone to take part in this celebratory event.

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