Keeping it Reo

Kiri Beeston shows off her tī rākau skill – a game played with sticks.

Reggae music and “keeping it Reo” shirts filled Te Herenga Waka o Ōrewa’s front lawn on February 6, as the Marae hosted its first Waitangi Day celebration.

The Whānau day saw people enjoy picnics, dance to the live music and get amongst the kids’ entertainment, which included a mobile animal farm, bouncy castles, and Maori storytelling.

Te Herenga Waka o Ōrewa’s Amanda Mcglashan says the day exceeded the Marae’s expectations. They estimate that over 500 people attended.

“Being able to host this inclusive event has upheld what Te Herenga Waka o Ōrewa Marae is all about,” Amanda says.

“We look forward to being able to connect further with the wider community in the future and will endeavour to make these annual events.”

More photos can be found on Hibiscus Matters’ Facebook page.

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