Whānau arrived in droves to West Auckland’s Hoani Waititi Marae to celebrate Waitangi@Waititi - our national day.
Babies were buckled up in their prams, with mums, dads, nannies and koro’s all carrying mats, chairs, umbrellas and anything else that they brought for what would be an epic day ahead!
An official powhiri paved the way for whānau in attendance alongside David Cunliffe and many of the local Council board members to be welcomed on to Hoani Waititi.
Once the formalities were over, it was time to start the entertainment on stage and it was fitting that Te Roopū Manutaki kick off the amazing line up of artists.
The excitement amongst the masses was electrifying and you couldn’t help but become part of the buzz!
Our kaumatua and kuia were treated to the best spot of the event, perched up on the hill where the view of the stage was full frontal! Their smiles and laughter lit up their gazebo as they bopped and boogied along to the wonderful sounds of some of the most amazing national and international artists!
Waipareira’s theme of the day, “It’s all about whānau” certainly shone from the gleaming faces of all who attended this awesome event. Roars of cheers screamed out as each artist was announced by the very comical and entertaining, dynamic duo hosts, father and son combo, Dale and Lewin Husband!
The sweet sounds of Abbie-Lee, Thomas-Rose and Hollie Smith wooed the crowd with their soulful ensemble of sound. Then it was the hard rocking sound of Jack Kaka and Mantra lifted the crowd to their feet, bopping heads and jumping to the hard rock beats. Sid Diamond got up, close and personal with the crowd, as he jumped down from the stage using the huge speakers as his performance platform! The cultural sound of Moana and the Tribe, was fitting with the kaupapa of Waitangi. Well-known local artist, Sweet & Irie, blasted the stage with their reggae sound, paving the way for a crowd favourite, JGeeks! The main attraction stormed the stage with their timeless reggae sound, The Original Wailers representing reggae king, Bob Marley, or better known to the masses as Uncle Bob! Che Fu, wrapped the day up singing many of his classics well-known by many, finishing the line up in style!
It was a very successful day, honouring the kaupapa of Waitangi amongst the thousands, leaving the question on many people’s minds. Who will next year’s Waitangi@Waititi celebrations bring?