Riverton venue for music festival

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 10:19 06/02/2013
Cazna Gilder
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Taramea Bay Soundshell Trust secretary Cazna Gilder is hoping the 10th annual Waitangi Day celebrations will draw even more people to Riverton this year.

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The south is marking Waitangi Day with music, food and community spirit in Riverton and on the Oreti River shore.

Taramea Bay Soundshell Trust secretary Cazna Gilder said excitement was building for the 10th annual Waitangi Day Music Fest at the Riverton Soundshell.

A fashion show, performances by kapa haka groups, along with music by 2012 Smokefreerockquest winners Lazarus Rising, The Giant Squid Ambush, Tie Dye and Apache Rose, among other bands, could make this year the best yet, Ms Gilder said.

In previous years, the event has attracted between 400 and 600 people. The soundshell trust committee is hoping for double that number tomorrow.

The soundshell is one of only two operating soundshells in New Zealand, and Ms Gilder said the town was lucky to have it.

Opening it up for the annual event was a good way to promote the building. "This is such an important part of our social history. It's an awesome space."

While the event started as a roots festival celebration of Bob Marley's birthday, it made sense to tie it into Waitangi Day, she said.

The event runs from 2pm until 8pm and although it is BYO, glass is prohibited.

Entry costs $10 for adults; and a gold coin donation for children.

In another Waitangi Day event, a Waka Ama Fun Day is planned at the Oreti River, 1.5 kilometres past the Invercargill Rowing Club at Sandy Point, on the left-hand side, at 10.30am tomorrow.

Participants are asked to bring shorts, jandals, and dive booties, water, polyprops and an extra change of clothes, as well as food for a barbecue or picnic.

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