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Waitangi Day music at Bastion Pt

CATHERINE HEALY
Last updated 05:00 01/02/2013
Dave Dobbyn
LOYAL PERFORMER: Dave Dobbyn headlines the festival, taking the stage at 5pm.
Che Fu
SUPER GROOVER: Che Fu will kick off the afternoon.

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How will you celebrate Waitangi Day?

Aucklanders can see five Kiwi bands for $20 on Wednesday while enjoying views over the Waitemata Harbour from Bastion Pt.

Dave Dobbyn, Katchafire, 1814, Goodshirt and Che Fu will take to the stage to celebrate our national day.

Pay the ticket price to get close to the action and dance to the music.

There will also be an unticketed public area with food, kites, art and rides for the children, including mini jeeps and a 50-metre zipline.

The festival is a chance for Aucklanders to learn more about Orakei Marae and the history of Bastion Pt.

There will be powhiri and marae visits hosted by the tangata whenua. Leaders of the Bastion Pt occupation will be available to talk about their experiences. Visitors can also observe moko artists tattooing people.

Ngati Whatua o Orakei has been running the celebration for four years but this is the first time it has been held on Bastion Pt instead of Okahu Bay.

Tupara Morrison is chief executive of Whai Maia Ltd, a subsidiary company of Ngati Whatua Orakei. Whai Maia is tasked with investing the trust's funds to support its members by improving education, health, housing, te reo and cultural development.

"Introducing the festival to Bastion Pt is probably timely," Mr Morrison says.

"We've just had our settlement. It's a good time for Auckland to learn a bit more about Ngati Whatua o Orakei."

Mr Morrison hopes the event will be something for Aucklanders to look forward to every year.

"I think more and more Waitangi Day is becoming part of the hearts and minds of Aucklanders. We want to move this towards becoming one of the major events in Auckland city."

He says the ticket price has been kept as low as possible.

"We'd have liked it to be totally free, although I have to say the performers have really come to the party and are not charging as much as they would normally."

The event is family friendly and alcohol-free. Family tickets for two adults and three children are $40. Tickets for children aged 5 to 17 are $5. Children under 5 are free.

The public area opens from 10am. Che Fu starts the music at noon and Dave Dobbyn performs at 5pm.

See waitangidayfestival.co.nz for details or eventfinder.co.nz for tickets.

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- East And Bays Courier

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