Lots on offer at Waitangi whanau fun day

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by Helen Holt

Te Aitarakihi and Multicultural Aoraki are inviting families to a Whanau Fun Day to celebrate Waitangi Day.

The day will be filled with multicultural performances and activities, including kapa haka and a performance by the Filipino society.

There will be a variety of family activities such as raranga flax weaving, poi making, a visit from a pony, and an escape room challenge run by Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Cultural adviser and retired Aoraki Polytechnic lecturer Ruth Garvin will give a talk about the Treaty of Waitangi.

Te Tiriti was one of her focuses as a lecturer, covering colonisation, treaty texts and principles, and its application.

Te Aitarakihi Trust administrator Julie Calder said Waitangi Day was important for acknowledging New Zealand’s history.

“Waitangi Day marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and we commemorate the day to reflect and recognise its significance to all of us here in Aotearoa.”

The event will be at Te Aitarakihi, 50 Bridge Rd, Timaru, on February 6 from 10am to 2pm.