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Prime Minister at Marae on Waitangi Day

Media release 1 February 2006

Prime Minister at Marae on Waitangi Day

Prime Minister Helen Clark will attend Waitangi Day commemoration events in Waitakere City.

The Prime Minister will spend the morning at Waitangi in Northland, before flying back and attending an ‘open day’ at Hoani Waititi Marae in Gl;en Eden. She will be accompanied at Hoani Waititi Marae by three Waitakere Members of Parliament - the Minister of Ethnic Affairs Chris Carter, Minister of Immigration David Cunliffe and Waitakere MP Lynne Pillay.

She is expected to be at the marae (which is on the corner of Parrs Cross Road and West Coast Rd) around 2.30pm.

Leader of the Opposition Dr Don Brash has confirmed that he will also attend.

Members of the public are invited to the day, which begins with a traditional welcome (powhiri) at noon.

“This event is an ideal opportunity to come and learn about the meaning of Waitangi
Day at Waitakere’s most prominent marae,” says Mayor Bob Harvey.

“Everyone is invited to take part. There will be cultural performances from ethnic, Pacific and Maori communities, art displays, demonstrations and information stalls.

Waitakere City Council and Hoani Waititi Marae are co-hosting the event.

“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 Mayor Harvey.

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) A presentation about Waitangi Day and the local version Question and Answer Session 1.30pm Refreshments 1.45pm Performances / Activities / Share Information Stands

2.30pm (approx) Prime Minister arrives 4.30pm Event ends.

ENDS


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