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Marking the end of Matariki with a family festival

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Food, kite flying and family fun are the focus of this year’s Matariki Whānau Day on June 25.

Hosted by Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust as part of the Matariki Ki Mauao ‘Kai and Kites’ event, Matariki Whānau Day marks a culmination of the annual week-long event, which included workshops, demonstrations, educational seminars and hikoi up Mauao with renowned celestial navigator Jack Thatcher.

The event will feature kite flying, fun activities for kids, food stalls and demonstrations.

As part of Matariki Whānau Day, Sport Bay of Plenty’s Play in the Bay is hosting Mauao Wero (Mount Challenge), a fun photo competition for the whole family.

The challenge invites families to explore mighty Mauao during Whanau Day festivities, snap photos at a few locations around the area and participate in fun challenges for a chance to win a number of prizes, thanks to sponsors Mount Hot Pools, Event Cinemas Tauranga and Mt Maunganui, and Smiths Sports Shoes Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.

Western Bay of Plenty Recreation Advisor for Sport Bay of Plenty Michelle Barns says, “Mauao Wero is a fun, free way to get out and about in our own backyard. It’s accessible for all ages and fitness levels, and is an opportunity to learn and discover hidden treasures around our maunga.

“So come and see the team at the Sport Bay of Plenty stall, and get exploring!”

Matariki Whānau Day is held at Mount Beachside Holiday Park, 1 Adams Ave, Mount Maunganui in the field on the Pilot Bay side.

For more information and updates around Matariki, visit the Facebook page here.

The Matariki 2017 programme of events is proudly brought to you and supported by Tauranga City Libraries, Baycourt, Te Puna i Rangiriri Trust, the Incubator, Department of Conservation, EmployNZ, Ngai Te Rangi, Creative Bay of Plenty, Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

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