Library show for kapa haka group

Last updated 13:00 12/02/2013

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Treaty of Waitangi celebrations are continuing in Nelson with live performances and live tuatara.

The Piki Mai Maori performance group was at the Elma Turner Library yesterday, and the library will host the group again on Friday.

Tiakina kaiawhina Maori (Maori library assistant) Cindy Batt said the "beautiful girls, with beautiful voices" were keen to showcase their talent before heading to Hawaii this year for a cultural exchange.

Ms Batt said tuatara would visit the library with handlers today, as part of Waitangi celebrations, which was a first.

The tuatara have been flown in from Stephens Island, which is home to the largest concentration of tuatara in the world.

The tuatara roadshows are facilitated by Ngati Koata kaitiaki, or guardians, from iwi Ngati Koata.

Nelson Public Libraries manager Ian Littleworth said it would be a great opportunity for people to learn more about the "modern-day dinosaurs", and see them up close.

Piki Mai perform at noon on Friday. The tuatara shows are from 1pm until 3.30pm today, and 3pm until 5pm on Thursday.

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- The Nelson Mail

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