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Waka festival to get bigger

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It's only going to get bigger.

That's the vision from Auckland mayor Len Brown for the Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival which was held over Auckland Anniversary weekend.

Thousands of people made their way over the three days to the waterfront to see waka racing, go out on the waka themselves, see the music and kapa haka at The Cloud or try out kai Maori.

Mayor Brown says there was a great feel to the launch that continued through the weekend.

"Great to see the waka out on the waves and that's just a start. It's going to get bigger and better. It will be our most massive event in Tamaki Makaurau in the years and the decades ahead as it matures," he says.

The Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival was organised by Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development agency in partnership with the 19 Mana Whenua hapu and iwi.

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