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