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Chadwick proud to attend local celebration

6 February 2008 Media Statement

Chadwick proud to attend local Waitangi celebration

Rotorua MP Steve Chadwick has today attended a celebration for Waitangi Day at Whakarewarewa.

A new commemoration walkway has been unveiled, which pays tribute to some of the famous Whakarewarewa guides that have led people through the area since the early 1800s.

Steve Chadwick says she’s delighted to celebrate Waitangi Day at home in Rotorua for the first time.

“It’s very significant that we’re holding our own unique event to mark the agreement reached with tangata whenua in the 1840s.

“Whakarewarewa guides have also been taking visitors through this stunning area since the 1800s, and this new commemoration walk gives us another cause to celebrate their work.”

The walk features information panels explaining the history of guiding in the area, and profiling four guides that have been recognised internationally and nationally.

The event also has a wide range of cultural activities from carving, music, weaving, story telling and performances.

Steve Chadwick says this year, we also proudly celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours, “This is an important milestone for these tours, which provide a valuable contribution to Rotorua Tourism.

“Waitangi Day is all about celebrating the significance of people reaching agreements and working together, just like they did at Waitangi, and just like they do here at Whakarewarewa.

“It’s also a day that all New Zealanders come together to celebrate our unique national identity, to celebrate what it means to be a kiwi, and Rotorua particularly knows the value of being two people.

“It’s fantastic to commemorate the treaty in Rotorua with people from all walks of like, and from all cultural backgrounds.”

ENDS

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