Exploring the history of Waitangi

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HISTORICAL re-enactments of Captain Cook’s arrival in Aotearoa New Zealand and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi are set to draw crowds to a festival celebrating the national day next week.

Waitangi Day Te Anau 2018 will be held on Tuesday, February 6, and everyone is welcome to attend a day full of events, organisers say.

The event will begin at the Department of Conservation (Doc) Visitor’s Centre on Lakefront Dr, Te Anau, from 8.45am with a re-enactment of Captain Cook’s arrival in Aotearoa New Zealand, followed by a re-enactment of the signing of the treaty.

Entertainment throughout the day includes singer/songwriter and Gold Guitar winner Jenny Mitchell; a kapa haka performance; Colombian multi-Grammy award winning producer, songwriter, mixer, and engineer AndreSaavedra; the Waimatuku Highland Pipe Band; musician Deacon Kynan-Wilde; singer Whenua Patuwai; modern and highland dancing, live poetry and ukulele bands.

The Fiordland Market will be held throughout the day at Lions Park, Te Anau, and a traditional hangi will be served there at noon.

From 1pm onwards there will be a Southland Helicopters Rescue demonstration, touch rugby in Lions Park and paddle boarding on the lake.

At the Old Te Anau Airport, people can try their hand at clay target shooting.

From 2pm, the Marakura Yacht Club will be overseeing a “Yachting Kids have-a-go” at the beach with all children welcome.

Also at 2pm, Doc ranger Ken Bradley will lead an Historical Te Anau walk-and-talk from Blue Gum Point near the boat harbour.

Throughout the day, the Endemic Art exhibition will be open to the public at the Distinction Hotel (64 Lakefront Dr), and at the Doc Visitor Centre, people will be able to view the documentaries The Treaty of Waitangi and The New Zealand Wars.

The Doc Visitor Centre will also be hosting a “Save the Kea” talk by kea conservation trust chair Tamsin Orr-Walker at 4pm, and from 7.30pm The University of Otago’s emeritus professor of botany Sir Alan Mark will give talks entitled Save Manapouri (about resolving the Manapouri-Te Anau Lakes controversy of 1959-72) and “Save Fiordland”.

The day will finish with a screening of the iconic New Zealand film Whale Rider, at the Fiordland Cinema (7 The Lane) from 8pm.

For more information contact Steve Bentley: at scbentley114@gmail.com or phone 021 041 5798.

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