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Top performers in park

Last updated 05:00 31/01/2014
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HEADLINE ACT: Record-breaking awards winner Aaradhna will lead the performances at Barry Curtis Park.

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Homegrown talent will help celebrate New Zealand's national day next week.

Live entertainment, food stalls, arts and craft markets and workshops will all feature at Waitangi Day Celebrations 2014 at Barry Curtis Park on Thursday.

Record-breaking Pacific Music Awards and Vodafone Music Awards winner Aaradhna will be there along with the young performers of Pao Pao Pao!, powerhouse Ria Hall and Papatoetoe-raised rapper David Dallas.

The free Auckland Council event is a chance to celebrate the day with family and friends.

Manukau's annual celebration has stamped its mark as Auckland's largest February 6 event. More than 40,000 people flocked to it last year.

Mayor Len Brown says it's a special day, celebrating tangata whenua and who we are as Aucklanders.

"Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our Maori culture set us apart in the world," he says.

"Waitangi Day is a perfect time to acknowledge the history and diversity of Auckland and of New Zealand."

The event starts with an official civic reception and mihi whakatau (ceremonial welcome) at 10am followed by live stage performances.

Among the thousands of visitors over the years have been esteemed guests including former prime minister Helen Clark, governor-generals and Human Rights commissioners. Waitangi Day celebrations run from 10am till 5pm on February 6 at Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush. It is an alcohol-free, smoke-free and zero-waste event.

Other celebrations are also happening - go to aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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- Manukau Courier

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