May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Looking for an event that celebrates Whakatoheatanga?

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Te Taunga Waka Whakatohea Celebration is an event created in 2014 with an ambition from youngleaders to unite the Iwi and to celebrate all that is Whakatohea.

We are encouraging our whanau to register online at for whanau sports,casting, volunteers, hapu food stalls, commercial stalls and more.

The Food Festival being held NewYears eve along with an Arts Festival showcasing all different mediums.

Its about encouraging our people across Aotearoa and the Motu of all cultures unified to celebrateachievements and successes.

Raising awareness of an Alcohol and Drug free event and rising up andnurturing emerging leadership.

Reconnecting with whanau, hapu, Building our mana together according to our values.

Whakatohea Hapu will commence their games & activities on 29th Dec, from 9am with an OpeningCeremony.

NEW YEARS EVE Community Concert

31st Dec, 9am Arts & Food Festival 2 pm-Midnight Concert

The Whakatohea Iwi invites the Community & Visitors to an end of year concert that will include an Arts and Food festival as well as some of our best local and national talent.

Concert starts at 2pm

Line up for 2014:

ARDIJAH – Thru the years, the sound of the band was funk, rock, reggae & R&B, but to become unique and different from the rest, Ardijah had to create their own sound. What developed was a blend of their Polynesian roots, with those funky foundations creating a style they call Poly Fonk.

SWISS – Young Kiwi reggae artist Swiss is a Self-made kind of guy. His songs, including Time of the Month, Miss Liquor, Slow Wind and the remake of classic hit Blue Bayou have had a huge amount of radio play here, in Australia, the United States and Hawaii.

ROB RUHA – Rob Ruha is a singer/songwriter from the East Coast of Aotearoa and as an emerging artist in the music industry, has a burning tenacity to expand the platforms for the voice of his indigenous nation. Certainly no New-Comer to musical accomplishment, Rob is recognized as an esteemed composer in Maoridom and an exponent in the field of Maori Performing Arts, judging the quality of the art form locally, nationally and internationally. Rob’s aspiration is to transfer his expertise, experience and contribution in the world of kapa haka and Matauranga M?ori, to the world of recorded Maori Music… 100% New Zealand Music

TRIBAL CONEXIONZ – Influenced by the original sound of Jamaican reggae and infused with Aotearoa roots, Tribal Conexionz is a sound to be reckoned with. They have played alongside New Zealand’s reggae heavy-weights including Katchafire, House of Shem, Che Fu, and The Herbs. From rural foundations these boys are united by their passion for reggae and fueled by the love and support of their whanau, Tribal Conexionzs song writing is intergenerational it appeals to the music lover in all of us.

[email protected] | PO Box 207 Opotiki 3162
Vision | Kia pumau ki to tatou Whakatoheatanga hold strong to all that is Whakatohea
Purpose | A celebration that identifies and acknowledges our Whakatoheatanga


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