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Celebrating Waitangi Day

Thursday February 2 2017

Palmerston North is hosting lots of events and activities to recognise the importance of Waitangi Day. These include a singing competition, traditional Māori games and activities, and a photographic exhibition that runs for the whole month.

Photo shows Laureen with polished stones used in traditional Māori games.

Laureen Ruwhiu is leading four sessions of ngā taonga takaro at the Library this week. Come and learn some traditional Māori games.

Following on from the popularity of last year’s event, Waiata on Waitangi has returned. Waita on Waitangi is a singing celebration of Palmerston North’s talented young people. Heats for three age groups were held at Youth Space during the last week of the school holidays. The final will be a highlight of our Waitangi Day celebrations at Te Manawa.

The City Library's Laureen Ruwhiu is leading four sessions of ngā taonga takaro (traditional Māori games). This is an opportunity for some hands-on participation while learning more about raranga whatu (weaving) and mu torere/kōhatu teitei (rock games). These sessions continue until Saturday 4 February, from 10am to 11.30am on the library’s mezzanine floor.

Conwaye Fleming, Advisory Officer of the Aotea District Māori Land Court, is holding an information session on Wednesday 8 February. His presentation will cover the history of the Māori Land Court, when and why it was established and the role the Māori Land Court plays today.

On Waitangi Day, the library is closed and local celebrations are being held at Te Manawa and The Globe Theatre.

Throughout February a 1975 photographic exhibition will be on display at Square Edge. Not One More Acre: Māori Land March – 40 Years On has been kindly lent by the Alexander Turnbull Library.