Huge Line-up for South Auckland Waitangi Day celebrations

Press Release – Auckland Council

More than 40,000 people are expected to flock to Barry Curtis Park, in Flat Bush, for Toi o Manukau’s annual Waitangi Day family celebration. This year’s line up includes New Zealand reggae giants Katchafire, rising international star David …26 January 2012

Huge Line-up announced for South Auckland Waitangi Day celebrations

More than 40,000 people are expected to flock to Barry Curtis Park, in Flat Bush, for Toi o Manukau’s annual Waitangi Day family celebration.

This year’s line up includes New Zealand reggae giants Katchafire, rising international star David Dallas, Ardijah, Maisey Rika, Bella Kalolo, Sons of Zion and Foundation.

In a unique first, China’s number one reggae band Long Shen Dao, are making the trip to entertain the huge crowd. The Waitangi Day festival staged by Ngati Whatua at Okahu Bay for the past four years will not take place this year.

The Mayor says he’s looking forward to a major highlight of Waitangi Day in the South.

“Waitangi Day is our national day and the Toi o Manukau event is a great way for our community to join together. In fact, I would encourage people from across Auckland to come to the event,” says Len Brown.

Toi o Manukau’s Kaiwhakahaere Nigel Borell says he is excited to be presenting the event and believes the South Auckland community is in for a great day.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing China’s top reggae band perform alongside Aotearoa’s most exciting and dynamic artists,” says Nigel.

The 2012 programme also features a mihi whakatau (ceremonial welcome), tiriti korero (Treaty education and information), nga toi (arts stall area) and a tamariki zone with free children’s rides and activities.

The event is in its third year at Barry Curtis Park and is the Auckland region’s largest Waitangi Day celebration with over 40,000 attendees in each of its previous years.

Toi o Manukau’s Waitangi Day family celebrations are supported by Auckland Council, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and Mai FM.

What / When / Where
Waitangi Day Family Celebrations
Monday 6 February 2011, 10am – 6pm
Barry Curtis Park, Chapel Road, Flat Bush, South Auckland

Free event / Alcohol and smoke free / Parking will be available at the venue

For further information about the day follow Toi o Manukau on Facebook, keyword Toi o Manukau

Important information for visitors: People are advised to be sun smart and bring sun block and sun umbrella. The event is alcohol, smoke and drug free. 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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