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Matariki Dawn Karakia

Herald in the Māori New Year under the Manuhiri pouwhenua at Tāwharanui Regional Park, hosted by Ngāti Manuhiri. Commemorate those who have passed, acknowledge those who remain and bless the new year with karanga, the sounds of ancient karakia and waiata.

The Manuhiri pouwhenua sits within the Ngāti Manuhiri tribal boundaries and is named after their tupuna Manuhiri, who migrated from Kawhia to Tāmaki in the mid 1600s. 

A hikoi will gather at the Tāwharanui Regional Parkcarpark at 6.15am to walk to the pouwhenua. Please dress warmly and for the weather. 

The karakia will commence at 6.30am and will be followed by breakfast, a ceremonial tree planting and speeches. 

At 8.30am a day of activities will begin including carving demonstrations, kite making, flax flower making, workshops on taiao (nature) and hauora (wellbeing), art exhibitions, waka ama, video screenings and storytelling. 

Acoustic music duo Kotuku will be performing at 10.30am and a hangi lunch will be served at 12.30pm.