Canberra and Queanbeyan Maori Culture Club

Waitangi Day is celebrated every year on the 6th February the document was signed this day in the year 1840. The signing of this document with the British Crown was for the protection of the British from other invaders. Both the Maori and Pakeha (white people) groups asked for the British protection. This year Te rere o te tarakakao celebrated Waitangi day inclusive of the ACT Multicultural Festival.

On the 9th of May 2009 the club had a Tamariki (Children) Social at St Edmunds College, which was very successful. Our club members performed as did the Samoan adults and children which everyone really enjoyed. Our club is grateful for all the support we get from the Samoans; St Edmunds College; ACTESA; PIO; ACT Government; Queanbeyan City Council; Queanbeyan leagues club; Mugga scout hall; Kents removalist and other organizations, companies, and schools that continually help us.

On the 4th of June our group performed at the opening of the Vaka Moana for the National Museum of Australia. We also performed at Queanbeyan Multicultural festival. Other up coming events for our tamariki are the moon festival and our fundraiser social on the 15th August, 2009 at St Edmunds College where the tamariki will be doing a traditional performance. There will be an event for the ACTESA open day also.

Every Sunday our tamariki have classes in language, culture and dance with Reo (Maori) Tutor and Kapahaka (dance) tutor.

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