Ethnic diversity celebrated on Waitangi Day

Press Release – Hamilton City Council

Events to mark Waitangi Day 2012 in Hamilton will be held in the city centre. Supported by Hamilton City Council, Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa and Te Puni Kokiri, the city’s official Waitangi Day events will start at 7am, beginning with a whakatau.Ethnic diversity celebrated on Waitangi Day

1 February 2012

Events to mark Waitangi Day 2012 in Hamilton will be held in the city centre.

Supported by Hamilton City Council, Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa and Te Puni Kokiri, the city’s official Waitangi Day events will start at 7am, beginning with a whakatau.

Mayor Julie Hardaker will formally open proceedings at Civic Square at 7am, while representatives of Tainui and local ethnic communities will also speak at the official function.

From 9am, celebrations move to Garden Place. An interactive workshop entitled ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi today’ will discuss the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi to all New Zealanders, and will be hosted by the Waikato Anti-Racism Coalition. The workshop runs from 9am until 11.30am.

From 10.30am to 2pm, ethnic crafts from around the world will also be on sale from Weave, a collective of craftspeople who have been encouraged to produce and sell their wares locally by Refugee Services.

Live music and dance begins at 11am, with local reggae groups Zifire, The Spiritz and The Children of Jah, plus dance troupes Bfam, resample and Imperious all performing.

Ms Hardaker says: “Waitangi Day is a day for all New Zealanders to celebrate our past and our future, and an opportunity for different cultures in our Hamilton community to celebrate together. I hope people will come out and enjoy the events planned for the day.”

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