Kia ora tātou - just a couple of words on ACCOMMODATION and PARKING for the Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival: Friday 9th June will be an extremely busy day at Parihaka with Crown representatives coming to the Paa in the morning to offer a formal apology as a part of a reconciliation process. Then in the evening, we have our festival starting at 4.30pm with manu kōrero (speakers) and then kai o te pō and the concert at 7pm with a great line-up of local talent, as well as Billy TK snr and Dave Dobbyn.
WE CANNOT GUARANTEE A BED FOR YOU AT THE MARAE especially since we have lots of whānau coming this year for the reconciliation event. Yes, the marae are open for you all but we don't take bookings and it is basically a first in first served basis. So in between the speakers and the start of the concert we will look at sleeping arrangements for those who have traveled from outside of Taranaki to participate. There is no accommodation on Saturday night.
In terms of PARKING, please follow the signs and instructions of parking wardens. Drive carefully - our kids are running and biking around. Don't forget a torch if you're staying overnight as there are not many street lights. Also, be aware that Mid-Parihaka Rd will be closed temporarily for parts of Friday.
This is a free, whānau-friendly festival but of course koha is always appreciated. The festival is organised by a committee of volunteers who are passionate about Parihaka and our tikanga tuku iho. Please message us if you have any further questions. The full programme is available on our website: http://www.puanga.com
"The community of Parihaka are extending a welcome to the public to join in our upcoming Puanga celebrations. Puanga and the Maori New year is a way of paying respect to the unique place and land on which we all live" says Jean Hikaka, member of the Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival Committee.
The festival takes place at the world-famous Taranaki village of Parihaka from 10th to 12th June 2016 and celebrates the rise of the star Puanga (Rigel) which marks the beginning of the new year.
"We start with a pōwhiri on Friday, 10th June 2016, at 5pm and will then light the Puanga fire. Early on Saturday, we will be able to watch Puanga rise in the East above mounga Taranaki at about 6am. The maara (garden) is the special and only feature of the morning as everybody can help harvest and prepare the soil for the next lot of crops" says Jean Hikaka.
"The afternoon and evening will consist of workshops, movies and six local bands taking the stage. Last year Shaskeen Reel got all the whānau up dancing with their Irish folk tunes, we’re looking forward to them this year. Other activities throughout the weekend include kids fun. Children can work with LED lights, compete in an “amazing race”, get physical with Zumba and complete a round of frizbee golf. There will be a café to purchase food from lunch to dinner."
In parts of Taranaki, Northland, the West Coast of Te Waipounamu and Rēkohu/Wharekauri, the Māori New Year is marked by the rise of Puanga.
The full programme is available here: http://www.puanga.com
Preparations are underway at Parihaka for this year's Puanga Kai Rau Festival. The most important thing: the dates are 10-12 June 2016. The programme is now here on the website. Once again, it will be an exciting weekend for the whole whānau. See you soon!
From the Taranaki Daily News (Deena Coster, 8th June 2015)
A festival to mark the beginning of the Maori New Year in Taranaki begins on Friday.
The Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau Festival is not only a chance to celebrate the rising of the Puanga star, but also an opportunity to honour the ancestors connected to one of the region's most historical places.
"Each year we remember our ancestors and the effort they put into keeping the gardens going at Parihaka," organiser Maata Wharehoka said.
Wharehoka said Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, leaders of the peaceful resistance movement against confiscation of Maori land in the 1860s, used the gardens as a way to nurture hope among the whanau who lived at the settlement at the time.
Wharehoka said the festival was also about new beginnings and a time to prepare for the year ahead.
Following the lighting of the traditional fire on Friday night, a day-long list of activities are planned for Saturday, starting off with a karanga to Puanga at 5am.
This will be followed by a working bee and then a series of workshops in the afternoon.
Based at Toroanui Marae, the celebrations also include live music and entertainment for the children along with a screening of Tatarakihi - The Children of Parihaka.
In other areas around New Zealand, celebrations for Maori New Year are often referred to as Matariki. The star constellation was used historically for navigational purposes and provided a sign to people to prepare the soil for planting.
For updated information about the festival visit Parihaka Puanga Kai Rau on Facebook.
It's all happening again! Celebrate the Maori New Year at Parihaka Pa - 12-13 June 2015. You can look at this year's program here on the website. Once again, we have bands, workshops, kids activities and gardening packed into a weekend of awesomeness! See you soon!
We had an awesome weekend at Parihaka celebrating Puanga. Photos to come tomorrow Perfect weather, good turn-out, delicious kai, inspiring speakers, beautiful music, a warm fire, fantastic documentaries, amazing talent amongst the rangatahi, and happy kids running around. Happy New Year!
Kia ora tatou!
The detailed program is up on the website now. Have a look here.
Now, it's pretty windy today with rain coming from all sides it seems. Here is the good news:
True story! See you soon :-)
Here is the second article published in the local newspaper announcing Puanga Kai Rau!
Parihaka set to party
by Deena Coster (Taranaki Daily News)
Iwi prepare for Puanga Star Parihaka is getting set to party this weekend to celebrate the beginning of Puanga.
The unique festival honours the rising of the Puanga star, which marks the beginning of the Maori New Year for Taranaki iwi.
In other areas around New Zealand, the celebrations are often referred to as Matariki. The star constellation was used historically for navigational purposes and provided a sign to people to prepare the soil for planting.
This theme of renewal is one which will be threaded throughout the weekend, said festival organiser Charissa Waerea.
Following Friday's powhiri, the traditional Puanga fire will be lit and will be maintained throughout the course of the weekend.
"It symbolises ahi kaa and the presence of people living on the land," she said.
Stories from kaumatua will be shared around the fire and there will also be time for the people who had passed on to be remembered.
A range of different activities have been organised for the weekend including film screenings and live music as well as a chance for visitors to get hands-on in the community garden or as part of a working bee at the pa.
Waerea said although the weather was always a bit of a gamble at this time of year, she hoped it did not put people off from coming.
"We're extending the welcome out to people all over the maunga," she said.
She encouraged people to bring kai to share after the powhiri and people were welcome to stay on the marae overnight if they wanted to.
There are other events on to celebrate Puanga around the region over the next fortnight.
One such event is an art exhibition to be held at Hawera's Lysaght Watt Gallery which runs until June 27.
For more information about the festival visit www.puanga.info