WAIKATO POLICE DISTRICT
09 August 2007
With the coronation of the Maori King, Tuheitia, taking place in Ngaruawahia next week Police are asking for caution from drivers with thousands of visitors expected over the celebration between 15-21 August.
Waikato District Iwi Liaison Co-ordinator Sergeant Wayne Panapa will the Police's support to the coronation heading a team of 15 Iwi Liaison officers and Maori wardens.
Mr Panapa said 50,000- 60,000 visitors were expected to attend aspects of the celebrations.
"We're expecting significant numbers of visitors from outside the Tainui area including several dignitaries from the Pacific Islands and New Zealand.
"There will be about 60 Kapa Haka groups coming to participate as well, the main time Turangawaewae Marae will be open to receive visitors is between 8.00am- 5.00pm."
The main concern for Police is traffic congestion, to aid in this River Rd outside Turangawaewae will be closed with detours in place and caution is advised at the intersection of River Rd and SH1 in Ngaruawahia.
Though no official ceremony is planned at the Taupiri Mountain cemetery it is anticipated groups and individuals may travel to the mountain to pay their respects to Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu at various times and drivers are asked to watch for pedestrians crossing SH1.