Waitangi calendar diverse

Bull riding, dragon boats, firecrackers or fishing; the choice is yours this Waitangi weekend in Dunedin.

Outram Rodeo Club will celebrate its 50th jubilee today. Organisers are promising a "showstopper".

Publicity officer Fred Doherty said celebrations would begin with a replica stage coach and outriders travelling through Mosgiel.

A dinner for founding and life members was held on Wednesday night.

Today's rodeo would feature riders from around the country as well as an Australian high school team in New Zealand for a transtasman challenge.

A dinner tonight would round off the jubilee, he said.

The Brighton Fishing Club is holding its championship fundraiser today. This will begin at 6am, with a weigh-in at the club at 3pm.

The Emperor's Dragon Boat Festival at Custom House Quay today will feature about 10 teams. There will be street performers, musicians and a series of stalls providing further entertainment for spectators.

It was being organised to celebrate Otago Museum's exhibition, "The Emperor's Dragons", from the Shanghai Museum.

Chinese New Year festivities will end tomorrow with a dragon parade at 4pm from the Octagon to the Chinese Garden.

The arrival of a new-to-Dunedin 23.5m dragon will be announced with traditional firecrackers.

Two large cruise ships are also visiting Dunedin today, bringing more than 5000 people to the city.


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