Hauraki Maori Cultural Festival 2014

Hauraki festivalSaturday, 18 September 2014

Venue: Kerepehi Marae, Kerepehi

Event date: Saturday, 18 September 2014

The 2014 Hauraki Maori Cultural (kapa haka) Festival was held at Kerepehi Marae, Kerepehi. It was the fifth time this auspicious occasion was hosted by the people of Ngati Hako in front of the tupuna whare (meeting house), Te Iti o Hauraki.

Teams from the rohe (region’s) Kohanga Reo, primary schools and kura kaupapa Maori travelled near and far to take part in this event, performing and demonstrating Haurakitanga (culture specific to Hauraki) at its finest.

Over 800 people attended the event throughout the day to support nga tamariki (children) me tauira (and students) performances and to tautoko (support) the whanau ki Kerepehi (people of Kerepehi).

Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari saw this event as a great opportunity to:

  • raise awareness of Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari among the festival attendees, many of whom whakapapa to Tikapa Moana
  • inform iwi Maori of Mana Whenua process
  • engage, connect and to listen to iwi stories and/or concerns
  • encourage sign up to the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari newsletter, so people could follow the ongoing mahi of the project and feed into the process to have their say connect with the young people attending the event: the Gulf is their future.

The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari team was issued a site on the marae atea (marae grounds) in close proximity to the performance marquee and beside the ‘Te Wananga o Aotearoa’ stand.

What people told usHauraki maori festival map

  • 176 people took the opportunity to show us their favourite place in the Gulf by sticking a heart on one of our maps. (Paeroa, Manaia and Coromandel town got buried with hearts!)
  • 35 people signed up to the project newsletter, with a whole lot of kids also taking the form to ask their parents if they could sign up
  • we noted around contacts/conversations in the six hours the stand was open
  • approximately 30 people took brochures and posters.

The majority of festival attendees were not aware of the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari project – but were delighted to learn about it! Most thought Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari was a fantastic project and were heartened to learn that a marine spatial plan is to be developed to ensure the health, wellbeing and sustainability (the mauri) of Tikapa Moana (Hauraki Gulf) into the future.

Festival attendees appreciated that the project is a collaborative approach and that Mana Whenua are leading their own process to ensure Matauranga Maori is to be integrated into the spatial plan.

Many conversations were around memories of shellfish gathering and favourite fishing spots that are now very hard to harvest. Others talked of where the best spot to catch the biggest kingfish are, while other conversations (which were reflective of the ‘heart on the map’ interaction) included reconnections to the Coromandel area and the memories of those that have passed on.

There was a high level of interest among the younger age group, with many keen to sign up to receive the newsletter. Lots of students took the opportunity to take Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari brochures, fact sheets and posters. And some of the boys were kind enough to help us pack up when our marquee got hit by a roaring gale! Ka pai and thanks!