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Waitangi Day at Dandenong Market

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Waitangi Day Dandenong Market New Zealand Celebrations

If you don't know what Waitangi Day is, now is the time to find out, and if you do know, then come and celebrate all it has to offer! Now in its fifth year at Dandenong Market, Waitangi Day is a celebration of traditional New Zealand and Pacific Island street food, cultural live performances and tā moko face painting.

Waitangi Day commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand and is named after Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on 6 February 1840. The Treaty of Waitangi made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Maori rights to their land and gave Maoris the rights of British subjects.

This coming Sunday, 9 February 2020 (10am -4pm) the Dandenong Market, that melting pot of nationalities and food, will see lots of entertainment and New Zealand food to celebrate this special day. There will be the traditional haka, of course, mau rākau (martial arts) demonstrations and music by NZ band, Soul Purpose with special guest Australian Idol finalist Lavina Williams. Arts and crafts including bone carvings, Maori ornaments, sarongs and other traditional New Zealand crafts will be for sale all day.

Waitangi Day Dandenong Market New Zealand Celebrations

And most importantly there is the food, the hugely popular traditional hāngi will be on offer from Dandenong Market's regular traders New Zealand Street Food. For those with a sweet tooth, flavour favourites Perky Nana, Hokey Pokey and Pineapple Lump Kiwi Shakes will fulfil all sweet cravings.

So come along and celebrate this special day with our closest neighbours who we love.... so long as we are not playing cricket or rugby! And keep in mind parking is free at the market on this day.

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Waitangi Day Dandenong Market New Zealand Celebrations

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Why? For all things New Zealand
When: 10 am-4 pm
Where: Southern Terrace, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong
Cost: Free and free parking too
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