November 09, 2008

What is the Takitimu Festival ? Takitimu Festival 2008

What is the Takitimu Festival ?

A huge international celebration is being planned for November that will bring together over 1500 performers and artisans from the South Pacific and New Zealand showcasing the traditional and modern arts and culture of Takitimu.

Who is expected to attend ?

Thousands of descendants of the Takitimu canoe from the Islands of Samoa, Rarotonga, Fiji and Tonga are expected to meet their distant New Zealand Maori relatives, for the first time at the 5 day event.

Ngati Kahungunu , the host of the inauguaral celebration, has invited other Takitimu iwi to join them including Ngati Kahu, Ngai Tahu, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngati Ranginui.

Kingi Tuheitia, the Maori King has accepted an invitation to attend and will be joined by Tumu Te Heuheu, Paramount chief of Tuwharetoa and other Maori and Pacific Island leaders.

Why Celebrate ?

It's the first time in 500 years, descendants of the Takitimu canoe have come together to strengthen their communal ties, and it's set to be a reunion to end all reunions. The public are welcome too.

What's Been Planned ?

•· Powhiri by 2,000 strong welcoming party

•· Five stages of entertainment in song, dance, music and comedy including major acts

•· Spectacular nightly pageants by with a cast of hundreds

•· Massive fireworks display

•· Indigenous Food & Craft Village, art trail and exhibitions

•· Kiddies Zone

•· Forums in alternative healing, star navigation, arts marketing, ta moko, films and more

•· Early-morning wananga includes Takitimu whakapapa, history, waiata and karakia from each area of the waka

When and Where ?

12 to 16 November 2008, Waikoko Gardens, Hawke's Bay Showgrounds, Kenilworth Road, Hastings. $30 for a 5 Day Pass. Under 5 free. $30 for a Single Day Pass.

Also one associated event I am attending ==>

Kahungunu Hikoi Whenua Whanau Challenge.
Saturday 15th November.

The Challenge is to walk up Kahuranaki Mountain

Kahuranaki te Maunga * Ngati Kahungunu te Iwi * Takitimu te Waka

Varying Levels to Suit Everyone

level 1 2.4 km
Level 2 4.4 km
Level 3 6.0 km
Level 4 8.0 km
Level 5 9.0 km

Starts Kahuranaki Rd, Havelock North 7.30 - 1.00pm. Approx 310 attendees. Registrations necessary.

Proudly supported by Hawke's Bay Health Providers.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I went on the walk up Kahuranaki and the view at the top was amazing.
The thing that really stood out for me was the awhi that each competitor received from one another. Still makes me proud to be a kiwi.

I came, I saw, I commented!

Veni, vidi, vici.

I came, I saw, I conquered.

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