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Waitangi Day for the family

Last updated 05:00 30/01/2013
Piritahi Marae

COMMUNITY GATHERING: Everyone is welcome to celebrate Waitangi Day at Piritahi Marae in Blackpool.

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Next Wednesday's Waitangi Day event at Piritahi Marae promises to be a celebration for the whole family.

The day begins with a powhiri at 10am. The activities start at 10.45am.

Around the grounds will be stalls and children's games. Live music will be playing. There will be guest speakers, a Waitangi Treaty workshop and a waka ama.

Everyone will be invited to join in the hangi at 1pm and try their hand at raranga - flax weaving.

Organiser Lisa Smith says the focus for the day will be whanau with particular attention being paid to the needs of young people.

"There will be information available on organisations that work with youth to let them know what support is here on the island."

She says since the tragic suicide that took place last year she has realised there were some gaps and the Piritahi Hau Ora has been busy filling these.

"A new support group has started and they will be introducing themselves to the Waiheke community," she says.

"They are not a counselling group, it is a place where whanau who have been through a completed suicide can come together, support each other and talk about what they have been through."

Waitangi Day is a zero waste event and those who attend are asked to recycle and bring their water bottles for free refilling.

Piritahi Marae and the Piritahi Hau Ora is on Tahatai Rd, Blackpool.

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