Crowds flock to Whanau Fun Day

700 turn up to experience activities

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 07/02/2013
Karl Russel
JOHN BISSET/ Fairfax NZ
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.

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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.

"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.

"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.

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