Waitangi Day pub crawlers remember dead Kiwi

Last updated 19:16 03/02/2013
PARTY TIME: Scores of police were on hand for the Waitangi Day pub crawl in London, but said that while a few participants drank a bit much, there were no arrests.
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PARTY TIME: Scores of police were on hand for the Waitangi Day pub crawl in London, but said that while a few participants drank a bit much, there were no arrests.
Jacob Marx
TRAGIC ACCIDENT: Jacob Marx died after being hit by a sign in London.

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An estimated 4000 Kiwi revellers have marked Waitangi Day in London with the annual pub crawl around the city's Circle underground line.

The event, which has been marked in London for decades, began with a minute's silence for Jacob Marx, who was killed in London last week. The 27-year-old lawyer died when a shop sign outside a shop on North London's Camden Rd fell on his head.

Young men then bared their chests in a chilly London for the traditional haka while others caroused in Kiwi-themed costumes, dressing as sheep, Marmite jars, EQC inspectors or Kim Dotcom.

Confronted with the spectacle bemused Londoners took to Twitter. Alex Johnson wrote: "Kensington is overrun with thousands of Kiwis in sheep outfits. Apparently it's the Waitangi Day Pub Crawl. Weird, but go!"

Scores of police were on hand for the event, but said that while a few participants drank a bit much, there were no arrests.

Last year a Kiwi complained to the New Zealand High Commission saying he was ashamed by the behaviour of up to 1500 New Zealanders who took to the streets in a shameful display of debauchery.

Travel agent Dylan Clements, 28, said participants urinated and vomiting on famous religious landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, and exposed themselves on the street.

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- The Dominion Post

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