Tickets onsale 17th August.
Te Puna Reo o Whitianga is a not-for-profit community group which provides a playgroup that embraces te reo Māori and te ao Māori (Māori language and world views). Te Puna Reo o Whitianga provides an opportunity for whānau and tamariki/children to meet on a regular basis in an environment based on tikanga Māori. Their kaupapa is centred on fostering tamariki to learn, play and grow and for whānaungatanga (relationships) between parents and whānau that prioritises te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and te ao Māori.
This is a whānau run playgroup that relies on the support of the community to provide resources and opportunities for our tamariki to learn, play and grow. The goal is to raise money through this fundraiser in September so that they can upgrade their facility by adding a deck to increase the space for the playgroup that is growing in numbers. The tamariki of our community will benefit from your support by having a fit-for-purpose and child-friendly space.
This fundraiser in September is a community event including an afternoon market, raffles and entertainment followed by a music event with The Harmonic Resonators, a popular NZ music group who primarily sing Māori waiata. This event will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori language week) and Te Puna Reo o Whitianga second birthday as the only bilingual playgroup in Whitianga. We hope to encourage our community to support the flourishment and development of te reo Māori and have a go at using te reo Māori.
Markets: 12pm to 4pm (gold coin koha for entry - no ticket required)
Craft Stalls, Kai, Kapa Haka, Waiata, Raffles
- Te Puna Reo o Whitianga mums & bubs will do an opening karakia and some waiata
- Homai Te Pakipaki winner Richard Shelford-Woodcock singing performance
- Mercury Bay Area School students performing waiata
- Year 5/6 kapa haka ropu performing kapa haka
- Yummy kai available to buy - boil up, fry bread and steamed pudding
- Poihakena Portraits doing cultural-styled photos at Bess Kingi's house (book via their Facebook page)
The Harmonic Resonators:
7pm (doors open at 6pm and there will be a local opening act TBC)
Available to purchase from Mercury Bay Pharmacy and Eventbrite.
Kaua he whakamā ki te korerō Māori,
Akahoa he iti, he tāonga.
Don’t be shy to speak Māori
No matter how little, treasure it.