Opiki opens doors for Waitangi

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 12:00 04/02/2014

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Waitangi Day is working up to be a Kiwi classic at the Funnell family farm in Opiki, and everyone's invited.

Opiki woman Anita Funnell is welcoming everyone to her family farm for a picnic this Thursday.

The event would be a chance to get out in a rural setting, enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and celebrate being Kiwis, Miss Funnell said.

"Waitangi Day has always been a strange one for Kiwis . . . We want to make it a day for people to celebrate what it means to be a New Zealander."

And having a picnic was the perfect way to do so, she said.

A private lagoon, previously part of the Manawatu River, will be the setting for the picnic.

People are encouraged to "add their own meaning to the day" by coming with friends and making their own fun by bringing rugby balls, bubble wands or even a crossword book so they can relax by the pond, Miss Funnell said.

There will also be egg and spoon races, three-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, a tug-o-war competition, a hillside water slide and live music, including Palmerston North's ukulele orchestra Ukephoria and The Noodles, from Wellington.

People can also show off their green fingers and their kitchen talents by bringing their flowers and favourite recipes for the best bloom and best baking competitions.

The Opoi Lagoon, in Poplar Rd, Opiki, is a 20-minute drive south from Palmerston North. The picnic event runs from 12.30pm.

For more information visit picniconthepond.co.nz

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