It was a hot, humid and overcast day in Singapore on 9 February, but that certainly did not deter some 500 people from missing out on a day to celebrate all things Kiwi.
Waitangi Day is New Zealand's national holiday, which commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British and the Maori, on 6 February 1840. It is celebrated annually on 6 February.
I had the wonderful task this year of taking photos, whilst soaking up the atmosphere.
There was a wonderful live band playing good Kiwi songs that we all know and love.
|The Band - Moira & The Pukekos|
There were a number of very good stalls, selling everything from sausages, to pies, ice-cream, to healthy snack foods, NZ Beer and NZ Wine and L&P to name but a few.
There were some very good raffle prizes such as hampers, voucher for an
Avanti Bike, Beer Fridges, dining vouchers, even a hamper from Kiwi
Corner Dairy to name but a few. Proceeds from raffles sales went to the Singapore Red Cross.
|Lovely selection of raffle prizes|
Hubby was lucky enough to win a lovely hamper from Foodpath
, who specialises in bringing the finest and natural products from New Zealand. Check out the range of New Zealand goodies that we got!
|Our lovely hamper from Foodpath|
There was a Kapa Haka Group from Avondale Grammar School who despite having rehearsed for just a week put on an excellent show. The boys and girls sang the NZ Folk Song - Tūtira mai ngā iwi, and there was a good solid performance of The Haka by the boys.
|Performing Tūtira mai ngā iwi|
|Performing The Haka|
For the second year running, there was a Kid's Talent Show. There were a total of 7 participants, who each received an Skyline Luge Sentosa voucher. Here are some photos of the participants:
Here are some other photos taken during the day:
We'll leave you with this photo, which needs no caption . . .
"He iwi tahi tatou - We are now one people!"