City hosts Waitangi Day at Geraldton Foreshore

Members of the Geraldton Maori Community all set for Waitangi Day celebrations at the Foreshore

Members of the Geraldton Maori Community all set for Waitangi Day celebrations at the Foreshore

A day of fun-filled entertainment can be enjoyed by the Geraldton community down at the Foreshore by the Yellow Submarine on Saturday 21st February, as the City celebrates Waitangi Day.

Event organiser Bronwyn Barnett and committee member of the Geraldton Maori Community said: “Waitangi Day at the Foreshore is all about being proud of and acknowledging New Zealand’s culture and traditions and commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, considered to be New Zealand’s founding document.”

“Over the years Waitangi Day has succeeded in becoming a recognised cultural celebration enjoyed by the whole Geraldton community and it is fantastic that again we have the opportunity to share this special event,” Bronwyn added.

There will be lots of family entertainment including pony rides, stalls, music, cultural performances by Hula Magic and Te Papakanui A Maui and a community lunch available from 12.00-1.00pm. A traditional welcome will open the festival at 10.00am, with the day’s activities concluding at 4.00pm.

For those who want to kick on afterwards, an evening event is also being hosted at the Wintersun Hotel with free entry from 7.00pm, where you can dance the night away to the sounds of Perth-based Kiwi band Box Party & The Brofessionals.

The Waitangi Day Committee was recently awarded a Community Grant by the City of Greater Geraldton in Round 15 of submissions, to assist with funding this year’s event.

City Mayor Ian Carpenter said: “Waitangi Day celebrations at the Foreshore is one of many community events and services which the City has helped fund this year, aiming to showcase the cultural diversity and enrich the lives of residents in the Greater Geraldton Community.”

For more information please contact Bronwyn Barnett 0400 420 453 or Cleo Kereone 0438 351 463 from the Geraldton Maori Community.