Te Anau Waitangi events supported

    Nga Herenga Waka performs on the wharf at Marakura Yacht Club for Waitangi Day. Photo: Supplied

    FREE activities put on by Te Anau Waitangi Charitable Trust members to commemorate Wai
    tangi Day were well received by the public at the weekend.

    Trust president Jill Larrivee said it went well beyond their expectations.

    Activities were arranged in small groups which people could take part in throughout the day.

    This included a tour of Lake Te Anau with historian Ken Bradley, flax weaving sessions with Des Cooper and a paddle with Te Piritahi-a-rua Waka Ama, of Invercargill Waihopai, on Lake Te Anau.

    ‘‘The tours of Lake Te Anau were well supported by the public with most of it being booked out and people have been paddling with the Waka Ama out on Lake Te Anau consistently throughout the day.

    ‘‘It has been awesome to see families and friends out here enjoying themselves,’’ Mrs Larrivee said.

    It was important to commemorate the day as it showed the values of manaakitanga (equality), whanaungatonga (kinship) and kotahitangi (unity), she said.

    Kapa haka group Nga Herenga Waka travelled from Invercargill for the event.

    Group spokesperson Sonny Tonihi said they had a team of nine.

    ‘‘All of the performers are passionate about kapa haka and wanted to come and support the

    ‘‘The day has been brilliant they have done us proud, the kaupapa [principles of Waitangi day] and our people proud.’’

    He acknowledged the work and efforts of the trust who had put the event together.

    The day was funded by sponsors and organisations within the area, as well as national organisations.