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Smoke, alcohol, and fizz free Waitangi Day at the Treaty Grounds

Press release from Waitangi Treaty Grounds

This year the Waitangi Day celebrations at the Treaty Ground are a family friendly event, free from smoking, alcohol and fizzy drinks. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds has partnered with Fit for Life to implement a fizz-free policy for all food-stalls at this year’s Waitangi Day celebrations and with community owned company CBEC to reduce waste.

Fit for Life is a project of The Northland Health Alliance (Te Roopu Kai Hapai Oranga), which brings together the Northland DHB, the two Northland Primary Health Organisations, and Northland Māori Health Providers, to work collaboratively together to improve health outcomes for the population of Northland.

CEO Greg McManus is very excited about the upcoming Waitangi Day celebrations: “We are looking forward to another great Waitangi Day festival at the Treaty Grounds and are expecting a large turnout as usual. The weather forecast is looking good so we encourage everyone to get here early and enjoy a day of fun, food and entertainment.”

Waitangi Day at the Treaty Grounds starts at 5am with the traditional Dawn Service in Te Whare Rūnanga, the carved meeting house. Throughout the day there is continuous entertainment at three different areas of the grounds: Upper Treaty Grounds, Waka Stage and the Sports Field opposite the Treaty Grounds. Some 150 market stalls have art, craft, clothing and a large variety of food for sale. Children’s activities include bouncy castles, kids racing cars and sports games. The day will finish at 5.30pm after the Royal NZ Navy Beat retreat at the flagpole.

The full Waitangi Festival programme for 2017 can be found here.

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