Waitangi Day prep well underway

JOHANNA CLELAND
Last updated 10:00 11/01/2014
Adarsh Oadrajput
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ROPED IN: Adarsh Oadrajput, 2, gets into the swing of Te Manawa’s Waitangi Day preparations with his finished poi.

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Preparations have started at Te Manawa for its second annual Waitangi Day celebrations.

As part of the museum's Fun Friday activities, adults and children rolled up old magazines and decorated them to create sticks for playing Ti Rakau.

It is a Maori game that involves rhythmically tapping and throwing sticks to a partner in time with a song.

Te Manawa plans to make a second attempt at breaking the world record for the most people using the Ti Rakau at one time.

Museum visitors yesterday were also shown how to weave string and make balls from recycled plastic bags for their own poi.

Last year's celebrations attracted around 9000 people with live music, kapa haka, stalls, activities and games.

Waitangi Day at Te Manawa will run from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, February 6.

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- Manawatu Standard

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