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Waitakere community gathers at Open Marae

January 2006

Waitakere community gathers at Open Marae on Waitangi Day

The Open Marae at Hoani Waititi on Waitangi Day Monday February 6 is expected to attract a full complement of Waitakere residents.

An open invitation has gone out to the public, including members of the city’s migrant and refugee communities, to mark Waitangi day in traditional Maori style.

The Prime Minister the Honourable Helen Clark is expected to confirm her presence at the Open Marae ceremonies in Waitakere.

This event is an ideal opportunity to come and learn about the meaning of Waitangi Day at the Waitakere’s most prominent multi-iwi marae, Hoani Waititi.

Everyone is invited to come to Hoani Waititi marae on Waitangi Day and take part in traditional powhiri and to experience karanga, challenge, whaikörero, waiata and höngï. There will be cultural performances from ethnic, Pacific and Maori communities, art displays, demonstrations and information stalls.

Visitors will learn about the Treaty and Maori protocol, what to expect during the day and how to participate.

Waitakere Council and Hoani Waititi Marae are planning the event with funding support from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and Waitakere Council.

“The commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi is an appropriate time to provide this informative and entertaining day – especially for those who have never before had a marae experience,” says Te Warena Taua, chair of Te Taumata Runanga Committee.

The Waitangi Day programme at Hoani Waititi

12 noon Powhiri - Welcome

- Marae host welcome to all attendees
- Visitors respond to welcome
- Consummate rituals (hongi, handshake)

Marae Explanation
A presentation about Waitangi Day and the local version
Question and Answer Session

1.30pm Refreshments

1.45pm Performances / Activities / Share Information Stands

4.30pm Event ends.

ENDS

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