Posted on 14 March 201914 March 2019 by Pat KaripaSydney Waitangi Festival 2019 Opening Karakia Henare Prentice Archdeacon Karipa Chris Barber Te Hoe ki Matangireia with James Kerr Maori Movement Powhiri for New Zealand Politicians Kelvin Davis and Nanaia Mahuta Taumata Ku George, Mano Tairi, Greg Cummings (Cumberland Council) Dave Williams, Sam Rerekura & Archdeacon Karipa Visiting New Zealand Members of Parliament Welcomed by Uncle Dave Williams Kelvin Davis Deputy Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party Archdeacon with our dignitaries New Zealand Members of Parliament Kelvin Davis and Nanaia Mahuta Sianne Dougherty, one of the awesome entertainers that delighted the crowd all day. Te Raranga Whanui Gate 1 Pitt StreetTerry, Heeni, Wiremu and Hardy Kera Trish Archdeacon Karipa & Te Aranganui Gate 2 Walpole RoadKate Barby and Robyn Carpark GateRowena Polly & Ellen Gate 3 Jen Stephanie Anthony & Janice visiting from NZ and Polly Marquee TeamWhaea Doris, Charlene & Patricia A chance to catch up with everyone Marquee stop for Terry, Trish & Miriam Closing KarakiaThanks everyone for a fantastic day! Our day begins arriving for the 6am set up, a slight drizzle but we have had worse! Terry and Wiremu are already putting up the pop tops Stage being set up, looks awesome! Thank you to Nga Uri O Rahiri the organising committee for the Sydney Waitangi Festival @ Merrylands NSW Our Annual Waitangi Festival Breakfast @ the Vicarage held in January to bring together our team to plan and update from last year. You know you have an excellent team when everyones on point!