Bastion Pt will be alive with music
It's been nearly six months since Michael Steedman entered a singing contest in memory of his late wife.
Now the father of two is about to step out into the public eye again as one of the key performers during the Waitangi Day Festival at Bastion Point.
The Panmure resident was the runner-up in the final of Maori Television's live karaoke show Homai Te Pakipaki late last year and says he entered in honour of his wife who died of breast cancer in May aged 42.
His latest outing will be on the same bill as high profile Kiwi bands including House of Shem and Katchafire who play at 2.30pm and 3.30pm respectively.
There will also be an appearance by X Factor New Zealand runner-up Whenua Patuwai, the Modern Maori Quartet and funk and hip hop band Kinaki.
The Ngati Whatua Orakei kapa haka group will kick off the live show.
It's the second time the festival has been held at Bastion Point, also known as Takaparawhau, after being shifted from its previous location at Okahu Bay.
Newly appointed Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board Chairman Phillip Davis is looking forward to the day.
"It's about showing the wider Auckland population that we're here. We want to create an event that means partnership and becoming one people.
"That's the essence of the treaty I suppose. No matter who you are, you're welcome to join in at the event in the spirit of our tupuna (ancestors) and the Crown."
A powhiri will kick off proceedings at Orakei Marae at 10am.
It's a good idea to arrive early if you'd like to be part of it as capacity in the meeting house is limited, Mr Davis says.
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Ngati Whatua Orakei at the event and Mr Davis says Waitangi Day will always be significant for the tribe.
"We lost a lot of land but we've turned a new page the last 100 years or so. We've been developing our own world view about where we are as Ngati Whatua.
"Our partnership with the government and the people who live in Auckland is getting stronger and stronger."
The drug and alcohol-free event is run by Whai Maia Ltd, which is the social development arm of Ngati Whatua Orakei.
The festival opens at 10am and finishes at 5pm. There will be paid parking spaces available, food stalls, kites and rides for children.
- East And Bays Courier
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