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The first big event for the Maori Millennium Committee was a dawn ceremony held at the riverside in Clive where the waka Ngatukemata O Kahungunu and other river craft welcomed in the new millennium. Its was enjoyed so much by everyone that it was decided to do it all again to celebrate Waitangi Day and a new event on the Hawke’s Bay calendar began that morning and is still going strong today in the same location with some of the original committee ably assisted by new members organising a day full of free attractions for families. The Waitangi Family Festival is on again this year with a day packed with attractions and activities for everyone starting with a Hikoi from Waipatu chosen for the fact that is where The Maori Parliament held a meeting at Waipatu in June 1892, and on to Clive led by Flaxmere’s own Henare O’Keefe and supporters where there will be a civic welcome by the mayors of Hawke’s Bay, Councillors, MPs, Kaumatua, local dignitaries, and students of Te Aute College.
A re-enactment of the early settlers arrival on cutters manned by the Westshore Sea Scouts assisted by members of the Hawke’s Bay Genealogist Society, escorted by the waka Nga Tukemata O Kahungunu and the associated Waka Ama clubs takes place on the river followed by the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Harmony close to the place where the original treaty was signed in June 1840.
A day full of entertainment provided by our own Hawke’s Bay artists and community groups on the stage will follow and stalls will be selling a variety of food, art, craft, clothing, jewellery etc as well as promoting local services. Waka Ama from all the local clubs will have activities on the river all day and the big waka taua Nga Tukemata O Kahungunu will be taking passengers for rides as well. A large safe area will be set aside for children’s activities to keep them busy and another area will be used for Artists In Action ‘On Riverside’ where demonstrations of mixed art will be carried out by the tutors and staff from Toimairangi, the Contemporary Maori Art School from Hastings. Everyone is invited to participate in making a scroll to commemorate the true meaning of Waitangi Day, a unique opportunity to be part of history.
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