Waitangi events to go ahead

Waka Ama on Lake Te Anau. There is an opportunity for people to paddle a waka from 10.30am on Sunday with Te Piritahi-a-rua Waka Ama, from Invercargill, on Lake Te Anau, with kai available to buy from 11am from Nga Herenga Waka outside Marakura Yacht Club. Photo Supplied

TE ANAU Waitangi Charitable Trust has confirmed most of the 2022 Waitangi Day commemorations programme will still go ahead in the Red traffic light setting.

The main change is the postponement of an evening performance by critically acclaimed artist and storyteller Marcus Winter, also known as the ‘Sandman’, who was being hosted at the Te Anau Club. This will be held when larger groups of people can safely gather again.

Trust spokeswoman Kerri-Ann Edge said: “It’s unfortunate, but we’re very grateful our funding from Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage has been extended so we can bring Marcus down south at a later date.”

The live performances by guest artist Jaedyn Randell, the voice of Moana in Disney’s te reo Maori version of the movie, had also been cancelled. But the three free screenings of Moana at the Fiordland Cinema would still go ahead on Monday, she said.

Several indoor venues and activities require vaccine passes, apart from Te Taiao art exhibition at the Fiordland Arts Hub, the Selfie Hikoi (entries close on Sunday) and Spot the Treaty Scrolls in Te Anau Township (entries close on Sunday). The community korowai display and Treaty displays have been moved from the library to the empty shop next to Paper Plus.

Sunday will feature kapa haka performances by Nga Herenga Waka during each sailing of the MV Faith with historian Ron Bull. There are limited tickets left for sailings at 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm. To book, phone Fiordland Historic Cruises on 03 249 8174 or 0800 FIORDLAND.

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