Crowds flock to Whanau Fun Day

18:42, Feb 06 2013
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SKILLS: Ewan Duff, of Dunedin, makes pounamu pendants while Jackson and Robertson Stewart, of Maungati, watch.
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SKILLS: Karl Russel demonstrates to Kelly Lindberg how to make a Puti Puti or windmill flower.
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CREATIVE: Briahna Philpott, 2, of Timaru, and Ben Shaw 7 watch Jill Kitto as she works.
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CONCENTRATION: Diya'a Al Momani, 12, of Timaru chips away during Whanau Fun Day.
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CRAFTY: Nikita Middleton, 5, of Timaru makes a porotiti at Te Ana.
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LEARNING CURVE: Tony Hancock and son Harley, 5, of Timaru at Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre Whanua Fun Day.
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ACTIVITY: Mason Waters, 8, of Timaru, with a spinning porotiti at Te Ana.
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ACTIVITY: Arly Waters, 6, of Timaru, trying out his spinning Porotiti.
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FAMILY DAY: With Captain Cain is River Graham-Foster, 4, and Dyln Kirk, 4, of Timaru, at the Whanau Fun Day.

Waitangi Day was a learning experience for several hundred people at the Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre yesterday.

It was the second year the centre has celebrated with a Whanau Fun Day and visitor numbers doubled, organisers said. This year 700 people turned up to experience and take part in a variety of activities, including the popular pounamu carving.

Te Ana marketing manager Phil Brownie said he was delighted with the response.

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CULTURAL FLAVOUR: Karl Russel, of Timaru, was on hand to share his skills at the Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre Whanau Fun Day.

"We've facilitated a lot of activities, so that gives us an indicator of numbers."

Included was manutukutuku (traditional kite making), making flowers from flax, and face painting.

Centre curator Amanda Symon said Waitangi Day was all about cultural awareness and bicultural understanding.

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"Whanau Fun Day is about finding interesting and creative ways for people to engage in Maori culture."

A hangi is proposed for next year's event.

"Kai is another important aspect of Maori culture," she said.

The Timaru Herald