Northern News : February 9th 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 House and Land Packages 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom from $350,000* Weekend for all Eyes right: The Royal New Zealand Navy guard of honour at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds flagpole. Trounced, above: The Blues on their way to a pre-season match win over the Hurricanes at Kerikeri on Friday. Sharp moves, right: A Whangarei hip hop group on stage entertains the crowd at Hobson's Beach, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, on Sunday. IT WAS weekend of rugby, culture and history in the Far North. Blues fans in Kerikeri saw their heroes down the Hurricanes 33-22 on Friday. Attention then switched to Wai- tangi Day celebrations. Prime Minister John Key spoke at the treaty grounds on Sunday and urged more people to attend. They should really come to enjoy the opportunity to be part of history and what made New Zealand the country it is today,'' Mr Key said. Numbers were lower than last year organisers say because this Waitangi Day fell at the end of a two-day weekend. But they are very satisfied with the crowd size. Final numbers were estimated at 20,000 celebrating the 171st com- memoration of the signing of the treaty. Treaty grounds chief executive Jeanette Richardson supported the prime minister's call, saying the celebrations have now been largely harmonious for the best part of a decade. This year's theme, the place of sport in New Zealand society, proved popular with thousands passing through the special exhi- bition marquee. It was carried further with the prime minister starting off a carv- ing which will become part of the treaty ground's rugby welcome festi- val in October. The biggest flagpole in New Zea- land and the Band of the Royal New Zealand Navy also made an unbeatable backdrop for a surprise proposal on Sunday. A visitor dropped to one knee on the Treaty House lawns to propose marriage to his fiance ´e, who accepted his proposal. The intimate'' moment seemed to be spontaneous and very appropri- ate, Ms Richardson says. This is the site of New Zealand's fundamental and enduring partner- ship, so we hope that is propitious for the couple,'' she says. Ms Richardson says the proposal gave the day a fairytale type feel. We've even had a Prince Charm- ing on this occasion.'' More photos P4-5 Go to www.northern news.co.nz to see ceremonial waka at Waitangi Day.
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