Three photos taken at the marae (website) this morning.  Kaumatua and dignitaries gave welcoming speeches, mostly in Maori, there were songs and performers, a hangi feast in the hall (which the public could buy tickets for) and various market stalls.  Some of these were in the parking area between the marae and Mahara Place.

It all served to remind attendees of the importance of the indigenous heritage for both the country and Waikanae.

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a Maori song being sung.  The column visible in the left background is Te Puna o te Aroha (the source of love)

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one of the speeches is given

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