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One Love New Zealand Day In Point England

Press Release 21 January 2000


Auckland's premiere Waitangi Day celebration event, the 'One Love NZ' Day has switched venues.

The event was to have been held at Okahu Bay in Auckland's Tamaki Drive but has now moved to the Pt England Reserve near Glen Innes because of matters relating to the tenure of the land. However, Ngati Whatua members and Glen Innes' Maori community will still be helping with production work on the day at Pt England.

The event is a joint venture between Catalyst Trust and Waiata Artists Inc. and will include the same itinerary as the planned gig at Okahu Bay. However they say the Pt England venue is a much better location because of its larger size and panoramic views.

The new venue is even more fitting because it's situated near Karaka Bay, the site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Ngati Whatua chiefs in March 1840. A popular walkway also runs from the Pt England reserve, through Waiotaiki Bay where a marae once stood, and on to St Heliers.

The 'One Love NZ' Day will showcase crafts, arts, stalls, ethnic food, live music and other entertainment. It will also feature the annual 'One Love' concert which is held to commemorate reggae singer Bob Marley's birthday on 6 February.

Artists who'll perform include reggae groups Twelve Tribes of Israel, Unity, Dubhead and Tuffy Culture as well as Pacific Island gospel group White Sands and a Tongan and Chinese choir.

Organisers say they hope to attract a large crowd made up of families, music fans and those in the mood for a "carnival atmosphere". The day will begin at 11.00 am with a powhiri followed by entertainment ending at 6.00 pm.


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