Fam­ily fo­cused fun at Wai­tangi fes­ti­val

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Mo­town, rhythm n’ blues, coun­try, Ki­wiana, pop and reg­gae all fea­ture in this com­ing Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tions at the south­ern end of Lake Taupo¯ on Satur­day Feb­ru­ary 2.

The third Wai­tangi

Tu¯ whare­toa ki Pu¯ kawa Fes­ti­val takes place at Pu¯ kawa Lake­front Re­serve and has a great line up of live mu­sic guar­an­teed to ap­peal to an older and younger au­di­ence, plus plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies.

Kiwi artists head­lin­ing are the BeatGirls, re­turn­ing with a high-en­ergy show fea­tur­ing clas­sic hits from the 60s to present day, reg­gae band 1814, and Mo­town and R’n’B singers The Brown Broth­ers. Up­com­ing solo artist Sianne Dougherty will also be ap­pear­ing along with lo­cal coun­try and west­ern band Five-Nine. Pakeke o Nga¯ ti Tu¯ whare­toa Roopu will also sing a wa­iata at the start of the day.

Fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude have a go waka ama, boat rides, bouncy cas­tle, healthy food stalls, and an area of the lake for swim­ming with life­guards sup­port­ing par­ents. With fam­i­lies in mind en­try is free and all at­ten­dees are asked to abide with the pol­icy of no smok­ing, no al­co­hol and no drugs.

Event or­gan­iser and

Pu¯ kawa Marae chair­man Dave Po­taka says they have been run­ning the bi­en­nial fes­ti­val since 2015, with help from lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and sup­port­ing spon­sors, and it is very much a com­mu­nity event.

“In keep­ing with Wai­tangi the fes­ti­val is our at­tempt at bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether to en­joy the day,” says Dave.

He says their fo­cus this year is on kauma¯ tua, pakeke and/or se­nior cit­i­zens and so there will be a free cup of tea and cake, plus free mir­im­iri (mas­sage) and free health checks on of­fer in the kauma¯ tua tent, which will also have the best view of the stage.

“The no smok­ing, no al­co­hol, no drugs kau­papa is very im­por­tant in pro­mot­ing healthy com­mu­ni­ties. Although our fo­cus on our pakeke and kauma¯ tua for the day is im­por­tant — it should be a fo­cus ev­ery day,” says Dave.

The Tu¯ whare­toa ki Pu¯ kawa Fes­ti­val runs 11am to 4pm at Pu¯ kawa Lake­front Re­serve, end of Kaiura Ave, 10 min­utes west of Tu¯ rangi. En­try is free.

A free shut­tle will op­er­ate from Tu¯ rangi, Taupo¯ , Man­gakino and Tau­marunui for lo­cals un­able to make their own way there. Spa­ces are lim­ited and must be booked in ad­vance.

■ To re­serve a spot con­tact Dave by email dav­e­[email protected] or call 021 023 67463, or Cor­nelia Dempsey at [email protected] or call 027 477 1631.

Photo / Stephen A’Court

The BeatGirls are among the lineup at Pu¯ kawa Marae’s Wai­tangi Tu¯ whare­toa ki Pu¯ kawa Fes­ti­val, which won the pres­ti­gious NZ Event Awards Best Com­mu­nity Event for 2017, in only its sec­ond year of op­er­at­ing.

Photo / File

Wai­tangi cel­e­bra­tions at Pu¯ kawa in 2017 at­tracted a big crowd.

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