Looking forward to a taste of Maori culture

Taking a break at the Queenstown Gardens rotunda are Jahzaya McWilliam-Pou (8), Shaiah Cooney (4), and Taylah Cooney (7). The girls are looking forward to Waitangi Day in Queenstown. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Taking a break at the Queenstown Gardens rotunda are Jahzaya McWilliam-Pou (8), Shaiah Cooney (4), and Taylah Cooney (7). The girls are looking forward to Waitangi Day in Queenstown. Photo by Christina McDonald.
A specific request for those attending Waitangi Day celebrations in the Queenstown Gardens on Thursday is to pronounce Kawarau correctly, organiser Leah Webster said.

She and others would be able to offer tips on pronunciation.

Aside from the pronunciation request, Thursday would be ''just really a day for people to enjoy'' while celebrating differences and promoting Maori culture.

Ms Webster said a list of musicians was lined up to play and people could also watch kapa haka and flax weaving demonstrations and hear Maori stories.

''It's a taste of Maori culture in Queenstown.''

As with previous years, she is expecting the hangi to sell out, pre-orders having been sold the week before.

The event is held in partnership with the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Queenstown Playcentre.

A plate of hangi food will cost $15, cash only.