Waitangi Day heads weekend events

Waitangi Day might have been “Mondayised", but the big celebration is this Saturday.

Waitangi Day might have been “Mondayised", but the big celebration is this Saturday.

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A FREE public event in Gisborne this Waitangi Day is one of many things to do over the long weekend.

This is the first year Waitangi Day has been “Mondayised”, which means although the national day is Saturday, Monday will be the public holiday.

The free event is on Saturday at the Oneroa Walkway and at Churchill Park from noon to 5pm. It will celebrate the cultural diversity of Tairawhiti.

There will be ethnic food and performances, live music, a Harley Davidson Show, a Kid’s Fun Zone and sports at the second annual Waitangi Day celebrations put on by Ka Pai Kaiti and Good Karma.

“This is Gizzy styles,” says Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu.

Other events over the weekend include the Eastland Kart Club Championships, a visit by the Hurricanes, live music at The Dome Room by Wakakura on Saturday night and the Gisborne Boardriders Club family-friendly twilight barbecue from 5pm at Makorori on Sunday.

Rain is forecast

MetService has predicted rain for Waitangi Day on Saturday, right through to the following Tuesday, and people are asked to listen to the radio for updates on whether events go ahead.

Mr Ngarimu said the Waitangi event was a chance for the region to showcase its beautiful beaches and the awesome new walkway.

“This is about celebrating our ethnic diversity, hence the Tongan performances, Filipino performances, Indian-Fijian performances and the Chinese community also involved.

“There will be lots of stalls with ethnic food, information stalls and games of touch, volleyball, a marae bake-off, chess and a ki-o-rahi competition that runs throughout the day.”

The Eastland Kart Club Championships will bring some of the best dirt karters from around the North Island to compete at the track on Aerodrome Road, off Awapuni Road and next to the former jet boat track.

Racing starts at 10am on Saturday and Sunday with spectators asked to bring a gold coin for entry.

The Hurricanes, last season’s Super Rugby runners-up with three former Gisborne players in the squad, will arrive at the airport at 10.05am on Saturday.

The squad will be based at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park, where they will use Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club’s new gym and, of course, enjoy the beach setting.

Public training sessions will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with details to be confirmed and advertised after the squad has arrived in Gisborne.

Hurricanes fans can breakfast with the squad at the Emerald Hotel on Wednesday from 7.30am to 9.30am.

Those who wish to attend are asked to register with Karen@povertybayrugby.co.nz before Sunday.

A FREE public event in Gisborne this Waitangi Day is one of many things to do over the long weekend.

This is the first year Waitangi Day has been “Mondayised”, which means although the national day is Saturday, Monday will be the public holiday.

The free event is on Saturday at the Oneroa Walkway and at Churchill Park from noon to 5pm. It will celebrate the cultural diversity of Tairawhiti.

There will be ethnic food and performances, live music, a Harley Davidson Show, a Kid’s Fun Zone and sports at the second annual Waitangi Day celebrations put on by Ka Pai Kaiti and Good Karma.

“This is Gizzy styles,” says Ka Pai Kaiti manager Tuta Ngarimu.

Other events over the weekend include the Eastland Kart Club Championships, a visit by the Hurricanes, live music at The Dome Room by Wakakura on Saturday night and the Gisborne Boardriders Club family-friendly twilight barbecue from 5pm at Makorori on Sunday.

Rain is forecast

MetService has predicted rain for Waitangi Day on Saturday, right through to the following Tuesday, and people are asked to listen to the radio for updates on whether events go ahead.

Mr Ngarimu said the Waitangi event was a chance for the region to showcase its beautiful beaches and the awesome new walkway.

“This is about celebrating our ethnic diversity, hence the Tongan performances, Filipino performances, Indian-Fijian performances and the Chinese community also involved.

“There will be lots of stalls with ethnic food, information stalls and games of touch, volleyball, a marae bake-off, chess and a ki-o-rahi competition that runs throughout the day.”

The Eastland Kart Club Championships will bring some of the best dirt karters from around the North Island to compete at the track on Aerodrome Road, off Awapuni Road and next to the former jet boat track.

Racing starts at 10am on Saturday and Sunday with spectators asked to bring a gold coin for entry.

The Hurricanes, last season’s Super Rugby runners-up with three former Gisborne players in the squad, will arrive at the airport at 10.05am on Saturday.

The squad will be based at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park, where they will use Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club’s new gym and, of course, enjoy the beach setting.

Public training sessions will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with details to be confirmed and advertised after the squad has arrived in Gisborne.

Hurricanes fans can breakfast with the squad at the Emerald Hotel on Wednesday from 7.30am to 9.30am.

Those who wish to attend are asked to register with Karen@povertybayrugby.co.nz before Sunday.

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