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Have a break on your way to WOMAD

Fans heading to WOMAD in New Plymouth on Friday can take a break from the long drive and enjoy refreshments in the shearing capital of New Zealand.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will again be providing their pre-wristbanding service at it’s Te Kuiti campus on Friday, March 15.

Close to 1000 people took advantage of the opportunity to get their wristbands in Te Kuiti last year, with many people enjoying a break their long trip to New Plymouth.

Once again, ice blocks, fruit and water will be provided, along with toilet facilities for visitors.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa WOMAD project manager Teresa Smith says the wristbanding service is an important first point of contact for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa with visitors to the festival.

“For us as hosts, it’s all about manaakitanga (hospitality and kindness) and showing our visitors what our culture is about,” she says.

“Last year people were walking out the door blown away by the hospitality shown to them”.

She encourages WOMAD festival-goers to visit the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa site in the Te Paepae area at WOMAD, as the virtual pōwhiri proved so popular last year that extra Oculus Go VR headsets will be provided so more people can take part in the unique experience.

“Our key focus is to raise and promote cultural awareness through an experience that celebrates the indigenous peoples of New Zealand,” Smith says.