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Exciting lineup for Manukau's Waitangi Day celebrations 

14/01/2010 

Manukau’s 2010 Waitangi Day celebration has a line up of some the country’s most promising artists, including Kora, Maisey Rika, and J Williams & Erakah.

The Manukau event is New Zealand's second-largest, and the Auckland region's largest, commemorative event attracting over 40,000 people every year. Organised by Toi o Manukau Maori, and supported by Manukau City Council and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the celebration offers an exciting family day of ceremony, education, market stalls, free entertainment and children's rides.

“February 6 marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840”, says Manukau Mayor Len Brown. “It is a time to reflect on the impact of the Treaty on our history and our future. Manukau's celebrations are also a reflection of our diversity."

Toi o Manukau Chairperson Rose Whaiapu adds “We are proud of our long association with Manukau City Council in presenting this event and feel the success of this day is due to the great working partnership we have with the council.”

Attendees are advised that the celebrations will be held at a new venue in 2010 – Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush. The free event is smoke and alcohol free. Parking will be available at the venue on the day.

Premier sponsorship is provided by Manukau City Council, with additional sponsorship by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, MaiFM and Manukau Water.

The programme:

Atea: ceremonial welcome

The Whakangahau area: a performance stage with free entertainment throughout the day. Headlined by Kora, Maisey Rika, J Williams and Erakah, Sweet & Irie, 2010 World breakdance champions ReQuest plus many more.

Tamariki zone: popular children’s area, incorporating free rides and activities and an under-five area.

Marketplace: a shopping village full of a variety of stalls selling healthy kai, arts, crafts, clothing and merchandise along with information stalls.

Tiriti Korero (treaty education): Information and open forums with guest speakers covering current Treaty issues.

What:

Waitangi Day Family Celebration

When:

Saturday 6 February 2010, 10am-6pm

Where:

Barry Curtis Park, Chapel Road, Flat Bush

 

Important information for visitors:

People attending for all or most of the day are advised to be sun smart and bring their sun block and sun umbrella. The event is alcohol, smoke and drug free. Free parking is available at Chapel Road entrance to Sancta Maria College and three designated parking areas on the Stancombe Road side of the park. All parking areas will be clearly identified. 'No parking' areas will be enforced and cars in breach may be towed away.

ENDS

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