In a first, Chinaâ€™s number one reggae band Long Shen Dao, are making the trip to New Zealand to perform along side popular New Zealand artists.
New Zealand reggae giants Katchafire, rising international star David Dallas, Ardijah, Maisey Rika, Bella Kalolo, Sons of Zion and Foundation are some of the exciting artists lined up for this year’s Waitangi Day celebrations in Auckland, along with Long Shen Dao.
The Beijing-based Long Shen Dao group (The Way of the Dragon God) is the synthesis of six young people who happen to like the unfettered, free, lighthearted and borderless spirit of reggae music.
More than 40,000 people are expected to flock to Auckland’s Barry Curtis Park for Toi o Manukauâ€™s annual event.
Auckland mayor says heâ€™s looking forward to a major highlight of Waitangi Day in the South.
â€œWaitangi Day is our national day and the Toi o Manukau event is a great way for our community to join together. In fact, I would encourage people from across Auckland to come to the event,â€ says Len Brown.
Toi o Manukauâ€™s Kaiwhakahaere Nigel Borell says he is excited to be presenting the event and believes the Auckland community is in for a great day.
â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to seeing Chinaâ€™s top reggae band perform alongside Aotearoaâ€™s most exciting and dynamic artists,â€ says Nigel.
The 2012 programme also features a mihi whakatau (ceremonial welcome), tiriti korero (Treaty education and information), nga toi (arts stall area) and a tamariki zone with free childrenâ€™s rides and activities.
The event is in its third year at Barry Curtis Park and is the Auckland regionâ€™s largest Waitangi Day celebration with over 40,000 attendees in each of its previous years.
Waitangi Day Family Celebrations
Monday 6 February 2011, 10am â€“ 6pm
Barry Curtis Park, Chapel Road, Flat Bush, South Auckland
Free event / Alcohol and smoke free / Parking will be available at the venue