Pulling together

Family fun for Waitangi Day

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014
timaru waitangi
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FAMILY FUN: Clockwise, from front, Kyan Tor-Kilsen, 2, Te-O-Te chairman Solomon Tor-Kilsen, Emerald Tor-Kilsen, Isaac Tor-Kilsen, Kaitlyn Tucker and Andrew Tucker practice for the tug-of-war being held at tomorrow’s Waitangi Day event.

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A family-friendly Waitangi Day get-together and fundraiser is being held to celebrate New Zealand, Timaru and Waitangi.

Community group Te-O-Te is organising the event at the Port Loop in Timaru to raise money for local community groups including ATC air cadets, Learning For You, Casper and Asthma South Canterbury.

Te-O-Te chairman Solomon Tor-Kilsen said they wanted to put on a nice day for Timaruvians and support local communities.

They originally planned to have the day in November but were forced to postpone due to rain.

From 4-6pm tomorrow people can enter a team in the tug-o-war, enjoy lolly scrambles, chocolate egg toss and a sausage sizzle.

Te-O-Te was set up in 2012 to show off the community and help raise concerns that affect communities.

Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre is also having a whanau fun day to celebrate Waitangi Day.

This is the third year the fun day has been held at the centre, focusing on whanau and simple hands-on activities kids can do to engage with Maori culture.

Curator Amanda Symon said last year the event grew, with 450 people visiting the rock art centre alone.

Activities include learning poi and simple action songs, rock art flags to decorate children's rooms, lino cut prints on card or rock, and kopare (headbands) made from paper or harakeke (flax).

The fun day starts at 10am with a gold coin entry. There will be a hangi at 2pm, costing $5 a person.

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- The Timaru Herald

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