ENJOYING THE SHOW: Tui Kerei-Savage, Tanya Watson and Mokoia Savage, 14, enjoy the Waitangi Day entertainment at Whakatane. D8081-039

THROUGHT New Zealand, festivals, live music and history tours were among ways people marked Waitangi Day this year.

In the Eastern Bay, commemorations took place in Kawerau and Whakatane on Wednesday.
Kawerau’s annual event, Waitangi Day Community Whanau Fun Day, took place at the corner of Plunket and Onslow streets.

There was live music, tamoko face painting, haircuts, kai stalls and Waitangi information tents for people to learn more about the annual holiday.

At Whakatane, Otamakaukau Kaitiaki hosted the One Love Picnic at Awatapu. The event celebrated both Waitangi Day and Bob Marley’s 74th birthday with community plan discussions, mau rakau, music and kai.