Celebrate the Māori New Year at Taranaki's iconic home of peace: Parihaka!
Puanga Kai Rau Festival will once again be held at Parihaka Pā (Taranaki) this June!
7-8-9 June 2019 - please mark these dates in your diary. We will light a fire, do some gardening and also enjoy the rising stars performing on the stage! Please see the full program for more details.
FAQ | Patai
1. Does this festival cost anything? Kao (No), but please bring kai to share on the Friday night. Koha is always appreciated too. Note: Food and drinks will be on sale at the Puanga Cafe at Te Niho so bring some cash.
2. Can I come on Saturday if I didn't come to the pōwhiri/mihi whakatau on Friday night? Ae (Yes). Once pōwhiri/mihi whakatau is done, we are all clear but please be considerate when entering a marae or new whare for the first time. We have three marae at Parihaka, that will be open for the festival.
3. Can I stay the night at the marae? Ae (Yes), the marae are open for you all but we don't take bookings and it is basically a first in first served basis - please follow the direction of organisers as to when and where to set up your bed. In terms of PARKING, please park in the designated areas. Drive carefully - our kids are running and biking around. Don't forget a torch.
4. What should I bring? Gumboots, warm clothes and raincoats are essential just incase, especially for tamariki and kaumatua. Don't forget a torch if you're staying overnight as there are not many street lights. Bring some gardening tools if you plan to help in the maara and instruments if you want jam around the fire - it will be going 24/7 from Friday evening until Sunday midday. Remember to bring cash if you want to go to the koha cafe. The event is Para Kore - Zero Waste so if you want to bring your own coffee mug and utensils that would be awesome.
4. What about food? We are having a shared kai together on Friday night so bring something to share that you have grown, caught or made yourself. If it needs heating be sure to bring it in early and let the cooks know. On Saturday there will be a koha cafe operating all day and night at Te Niho o Te Atiawa for hot drinks, snacks and meals - so bring some cash. There will be a kai and hot drinks for those who help at the maara working bee too. Feel free to bring any food and drinks you may need just remember no eating and drinking in the wharenui. A simple breakfast will be available for those sleeping over in Te Paepae - koha greatly appreciated.
5. What about alcohol? This is a family-friendly, drug and alcohol-free event, e hoa mā! Smokers are asked to smoke outside and out of sight of our tamariki please.
Please be aware that this is a papakāinga (community village) so there are private residences on site and there are dogs, cats, chickens and tamariki roaming at all times.
The event is funded by Te Puni Kōkiri and you, through your koha. It is supported by Taranaki iwi and Parihaka whānau, and managed and run by a hearty team of super awesome volunteers.
Any other questions, please contact us. Ngā mihinui!