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A Legacy to Remember

After 10 Years of running Waitangi Day Gold Coast under the long standing and prestigious leadership of Peter and Karolyn Brown, Nga Tama o Te Ao was officially dissolved and Waitangi Day Gold Coast officially passed on to Te Iwi Tahi Inc. Te Iwi Tahi Inc. would like to Thank each and every person you see here (Nga Tama o Te Ao) for there years of commitment to the wider Aotearoa Community of the Gold Coast. This being the end of the 2019 year we sadly see the resignation from the Gold Coast City Council a woman who has supported Waitangi Day Gold Coast for years Councillor Dawn Critchlow and your trusty sidekick Princess Pookie We Salute You and wish you all the best. The Gold Coast City Council will never be the same without you.

This is the story of Waitangi day being celebrated and commemorated at Owen Park, Southport.

From our humble beginnings to where we are today and what we hope to achieve in the future as Nga Tama o te Ao and for our local community, not for profit charities and Maori People.

In 2006, under the banner of the Southport Tigers Masters of Rugby League we had secured the
rights to cook the Hangi at The Waitangi day and Polynesian Festival, Pizzie Park, Miami. We were happy to fundraise for our playing kit and sponsorship of our junior club.

The hangi was a success and we achieved our goals. Naturally in 2007, our awesome Hangi skills were requested again this time because the day was too big for Pizzie Park it was shifted to Carrara stadium, we accepted and like 2006 had customers returning for more as they were delighted with our exquisite Hangi. That year we were becoming a major stakeholder as the traditional Hangi was a major reason people were coming through the gate.

In 2008, we again were in the forefront of Waitangi day with Hangi operations. The weather was causing major disruptions on the Gold Coast and an emergency meeting was arranged by the Gold Coast City Council and the coordinator of Waitangi Day and Polynesian festival. At this meeting at Carrara, the GCCC decided they might have to postpone The Waitangi day and Polynesian Festival because of continous rain.

I arranged a meeting with my team to discuss our impending problem with possible postponement. In the end we continued hoping the day would go ahead, our biggest problem was that we already had agreements with produce and dry goods suppliers and we had pre-sold some Hangi tickets to help cover cost. We held our meeting to discuss all our options and in the end with two days to organise, we named our day Waitangi Day and Hangi at Owen Park Southport, the leagues club were supportive and the great entertainer Kevin Keepa and DJ Layne Napier of Disco Drunx were onboard.

All we were hoping was to sell the required Hangis to cover our cost, in the end over 2,000 people showed up and we actually made the moneys we required to sponsor our junior club and purchase our playing kit for the 2008 masters season.

It really was the beginning of Waitangi Day at Owen Park Southport. In April of 2008, we held a meeting the same week and decided upon a name, Nga Tama o te Ao, The brothers of the world, of six different waka (canoes) and iwi (tribes), we set up our kaupapa (concept) and went about planning for 2009. The most important concept was that Waitangi Day at Owen Park was for all iwi (tribes) and tikanga (Maori customs) would always be what we are about. Money was not to be our driving force.

The day would be a chance for various charities to fundraise for themselves, for all whanau (families) to be able to come and be part of something deep and meaningful according to Tikanga (Maori customs). Entertainers donated their talents free and volunteers their time. Sponsors were locked in and Nga Tama o te Ao split the workload with roles in all areas, i.e. Tikanga, Entertainment, Hangi, Market Stalls, Advertising, Event Management, VIP / Kaumatua (elders) and Clean up duties.

Nga Tama o te Ao were to coordinate Waitangi Day and as a Maori Organisation who are affiliated to the QMS (Qld Maori Society) and many other notable areas where Maori and New Zealand people come together, we understood 2009 was going to be awesome. In 2009, Nga Tama o te Ao were very proud to host Waitangi Day Live, Powhiri and Karakia kicked off the day with Southport Division 6 Councillor Mrs Dawn Crichlow our VIP and Patron of Southport.

Market stalls were locked in and the response from the stall convieners was massive with 30 stalls covering all aspects of our culture, maori kai, maori clothing, rewana bread, fried bread, seafood, maori arts and craft, Mr Whippy, kiwi lollies, all the rides for the tamariki and of course the Traditional Hangi. Entertainment was a major drawcard with the man Kevin Keepa, Australian Idol's Stan Walker, Dean & Todd Harawira, Tony Williams, H, Taj, Jadeygirl, Shandhi& Matt, Ngahere Ngatai, hiphop's Jay, Dj Tai, Legend Vic Kina, Selwyn & Katrina and Helen & DJ Dezasta. We had from the QMS whenua, kohanga reo kapa haka roopu, Te Maumahara tutored by Matua Tu & Whaea Maureen and the tamariki were absolutely awesome and loved by the crowd.

We were also very proud to have Te Roopu Tautoko take the stage and blow the audience away, this roopu represented Qld and Australia at Te Matatini maori kapa haka nationals in Tauranga moana and made the finals lol.

Kia Matua Rawiri Toko, tena koe e te Rangatira. In conclusion, the day was way above anything we could've imagined and a crowd estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 came along to be part of something all maori and kiwi's could be proud of. Nga Tama o te Ao is a major stakeholder in maori tikanga and proudly represent our people here in Southport and to many other areas. Nga Tama o te Ao were also delighted to have supported these charities on the day, The Gold Coast Hospital, Te Roopu Tautoko, Te Maumahara Kohanga reo, Southport Tigers Seniors & Juniors, Nerang Bulls and Nga Tama o te Ao.

Nga Tama o te Ao would like to thank all sponsors of the Waitangi day live, Southport Tigers
Leagues club, Southport Tigers Seniors & Juniors, Disco Drunx, RSL Southport. We would also
like to acknowledge the kind support of Cr Dawn Crichlow, Gail Brown(Div 6), Stephen
O'Rourke(GCCC), Margaret Reed(GCCC) and Maori Television's popular show Ma Tatou – thanx
Paora, Ranga and Cuzzie bro.


Rawiri Toko
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