The City Council and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust organised a Waitangi Day celebration on the Wellington waterfront today.
Entertainment included Whiri Tū Akā, a five-strong wahine Māori a capella group, and Chocolate Box – consisting of DJ Ayesha, Vanessa Stacey and Lisa Tomlins – with a mash-up of vinyl, soul, funk and hip-hop sound.
The main attraction was Herbs, the pioneers of Pacific reggae, who were formed in 1979 and whose ‘Homegrown’ is featured on the soundtrack of Once Were Warriors.
Starting at 6.30pm, Films by Starlight will present Whale Rider (rated PG) on a big screen in Odlins Plaza.
In another part of town, the Governor-General this morning officially opened the new home of the Wellington SPCA in the old Fever Hospital in Newtown.
The mayor was another speaker. An open day continued till 4pm.