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.