There was added poignancy for organisers of the Waitangi Day Family Festival celebrations in Clive.
Secretary Marie Edwards, her husband Jim and Tom Mulligan have been organising the event for the past 20 years, but 2019 marks their last.
The smell of a good old Kiwi sausage sizzle drifted through the air of a slightly cooler Waitangi Day, but those who attended the event didn’t seem to notice as they listened to stage karaoke, enjoyed a ride on the waka or made the most of the stalls, while children squealed in delight on the rides.
A Treaty signing was re-enacted in the early hours of Wednesday morning with a hīkoi led by Hastings District Councillor Henare O’Keefe from the Celestial Compass arriving at the Clive Domain.
Photo: Lawrence Yule, National MP, Tukituki; Meka Whaitiri, Labour MP, Stuart Nash, Labour MP, Napier; Rex Graham, chairman, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council; mayors Bill Dalton and Sandra Hazlehurst.
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Posted: 9 February 2019