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Multicultural celebration: Arrowtown School's kapa haka group welcomes visitors to the Waitangi Day event at the Queenstown Memorial Centre last year

By PHILIP CHANDLER

African drummers, an Indonesian performance group and the local Highland pipe band will perform tomorrow during Queenstown’s Waitangi Day celebrations.

The City Hall-organised event, running from 11am till 2pm on Earnslaw Park, this year’s focusing on both New Zealand’s Maori culture and the resort’s ethnic diversity.

It’ll start with an official welcome and songs from Cory Ratahi’s waiata group before the local cultural groups take to the stage.

Earnslaw Park will also be humming with Creative Queenstown’s long-running arts and crafts market which this Saturday will include a special weaving workshop.

There’ll also be information on hand about the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi for those who want to learn more.

Food stalls will also be set up and, for the kids, face-painting and games.

Being a public holiday, downtown parking’s free.

Council arts and events facilitator Jan Maxwell says ‘‘it’s important we take the time to remember this day, it’s not just a public holiday’’.

‘‘I have three grandchildren of Ngai Tahu descent, and for me it’s about that connection for our family.’’

If the weather doesn’t come to the party, the Queenstown Memorial Centre will be used as the indoor venue.

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