1 Jun 2012

Wellington cultural group celebrates 75 years

8:29 pm on 1 June 2012

Wellington cultural group, The Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this weekend at Pipitea marae.

The kapa haka team was named by the late Maori politician Sir Apirana Ngata in 1937 to try and keep the young people off the streets and spark their interest in Maori culture.

Ngati Poneke was the hub of the Maori community in Wellington last century and it continues to welcome famous visitors to the capital city.

A range of activities have been organised to honour the past and celebrate the continued existence of the Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club.

The programme begins Saturday 2 June with a dinner to honour club members from its first two decades.

On Sunday morning an inter-denominational church service and archival film screening will take place followed by a full club performance in the afternoon.