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A public wananga, or workshop, is being planned for October to replace Matariki celebrations originally planned for June.
Community group Te Ao Huri had planned to host Maori New Year celebrations at Alexandra's airport, but guests were unable to get through to Alexandra due to wintry road conditions and the event was postponed.
Te Ao Huri secretary Louise McKenzie said the new event would be a public wananga and would be hosted at Dunstan High School's whare on October 17. Bubba Thompson, of Bluff, and John Wilkie, of Waimate, will be speaking about freshwater conservation and its effect on Ngai Tahu mahinga kai.
There would be public debate and discussion, as well as learning opportunities, and a free hangi. It would be held in partnership with Uruuruwhenua Health and funding from Auahi Kore Smoke Free. Everyone was welcome to join, she said