Waitangi Day community picnic, Queenstown Gardens

Pauline May, of Frankton, begins a raranga (weaving) demonstration to create a kete (basket)....
Pauline May, of Frankton, begins a raranga (weaving) demonstration to create a kete (basket). Photos by Tracey Roxburgh.
Jessica Hey (3), of Queenstown.
Jessica Hey (3), of Queenstown.
Meronea Watson (5), of Queenstown.
Meronea Watson (5), of Queenstown.
Tyler Hanrahan (3), left, and Tama Kopa (3), both of Queenstown, are mesmerised by the action in...
Tyler Hanrahan (3), left, and Tama Kopa (3), both of Queenstown, are mesmerised by the action in the Band Rotunda.
Waiting for her balloon animal  is India Barnett (3), of Queenstown.
Waiting for her balloon animal is India Barnett (3), of Queenstown.
Kiwi Haka members, from left, Billie-Jo Johnston, Sian Johnston, Ngawhai Davis, Liz Davis and...
Kiwi Haka members, from left, Billie-Jo Johnston, Sian Johnston, Ngawhai Davis, Liz Davis and Mahia Brown.
Bruce Leitch (top) and Angelo Swan, both of Queenstown,  helped raise money for the Queenstown...
Bruce Leitch (top) and Angelo Swan, both of Queenstown, helped raise money for the Queenstown Playcentre. Visitors and residents made gold-coin donations for the opportunity to try to hit them in the face with a wet sponge.

After a chilly start to Waitangi Day, the sun made a timely appearance so hundreds could make the most of the public holiday at the Queenstown Gardens, enjoying a special community picnic. In addition to live cultural performances, including Queenstown Primary School and the Kiwi Haka group, visitors and residents were treated to poi and flax weaving demonstrations and a hangi. Tracey Roxburgh was there.

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