Set on the stunning location of Takaparawha (Bastion Point), Orakei, NZ – this festival was revived in 2013. This was a day to celebrate great music, food, the arts, our culture and of course the founding document of this country.
With a morning powhiri (welcome) at Orakei Marae, the public enjoyed the hospitality of the home tribe (mana whenua) of the central Auckland isthmus.
The kids rides and food stalls area opened to a stunning sunrise with the sights, sounds and flavours of food from across the Pacific. Young children and their parents enjoyed the child-friendly activities and soaked in the atmosphere of a family-fun environment.
People could also watch or leave with a moko (tattoo) from the local moko artists from the Orakei community.
As the large kites danced along the skyline, people pitched their tents for shade and enjoyed the vista of the mighty Waitemata Harbour with it’s thousands of sails.
For those wanting to get up close to the concert- a small charge of $20 to enjoy a stellar lineup of Dave Dobbyn, KATCHAFIRE, Good Shirt, 1814, Che Fu and up and coming reggae band Chatchy – the festival was everything and much more.
Once again, the waste management by PUKAKI environments led the way in recycling and waste management. Plastic bottles were turned into artwork, an onsite chicken farm and turning food waste into wormfood – this is the only major event that turns over 90% of the event waste into wormfood or recycled products.
The production, event management, site operations was managed by Evitan. It was another bold step moving the event from Okahu Bay to Bastion Point. It posed many challenges, but also ensured we were meeting our target of bringing this event into the major event realm for the city.
Thanks to Ngati Whatua, Auckland Council, Vodafone, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Lion Foundation for their sponsorship of another successful Waitangi Day.