Waitangi Day celebrations attract crowds

Last updated 13:05 07/02/2013
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Trousselot Park, Kaiapoi was the centre of North Canterbury Waitangi Day celebrations and attracted a number of Christchurch residents as well as locals. 

Old and young, Maori and Pakeha danced to the live music, ate their hangi, donuts and hot dogs, and soaked up the fun, community atmosphere.

A large contingent arrived in period costume and took part in the best dressed competition - which was soundly won by self-proclaimed ''King Arthur of North Canterbury''.

Live entertainement included Maori cultural performance by Ko Tane and the Kaiapoi High School Kapa Haka group as well as North of the Mak,the Sweet Adelines, The Ukelele Group, McAlpines Brass Band and the Kaiapoi Brass Band, Sharon Williams and fresh form the World Buskers Festival local, Sport Suzie.

Children were well catered for with face painting, a choice of Maori craft packs and a bouncy castle.

Rangiora Racecourse hosted hundreds people at the Interislander Summer Festival, all enjoying a spectacular day of picnics, live music and family fun.

The children's activities proved very popular, but there was a mix of age groups out to enjoy the day.

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