TE ANAU’S theme for Waitangi Day was tutira mai, which means stand together, and the large crowd did just that to celebrate the day.
As visitors entered Te Anau Lions Park last Wednesday, a karanga was performed, and the national anthem was sung. The Nga Hau e Wha Kapa Haka group from Invercargill also entertained, along with singer Jenny Mitchell and her band and Craig Smith.
Other performers included Nina Zink with her Southland Primary Schools winning speech titled Race. Carla Ladstaetter sang a German folk song accompanied on the piano by her mother Kerstin Ladstaetter and talented solo vocalist Rahera Tamihana-Howden, while past and present Fiordland College students played a game of Ki o Rahi, which uses skills similar to rugby. There was also a chance to glide across the water in a Waka Ama or paddle boarding on Lake Te Anau.
Organising committee member Jill Mitchell said the hangi team laid the hangi at 8am and lifted it at 1pm, serving 500 meals.
“Special thanks to Crouchley Whanau, Fiordland Meats, Te Anau Presbyterian Lakeside Church and the Te Anau Senior Rugby Club who all played hands on roles getting that kai in the ground.”