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Investiture Ceremony for Professor Sir Derek Lardelli

On Saturday Dame Patsy travelled to Whangara to present Professor Sir Derek Lardelli with the insignia for his knighthood. The powhiri featured spectacular kapa haka and waiata by hundreds of people, some of whom had travelled from around New Zealand to attend the ceremony. Sir Derek was honoured for his outstanding achievements as a tā moko artist, visual artist, kapa haka performer, orator, composer, graphic designer, researcher, cultural consultant and educationalist. Following the ceremony, Dame Patsy opened an exhibition of artworks in Whitireia, the wharenui at Whangara.

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