Kororareka Festival

Kapa Haka performers

School children getting ready to perform Kapa Haka

Each year, we run the Kororareka Festival on the closest weekend in March to the 11 March aniversary of the battle. The 2013 festival will be run on Saturday 8 March 2013 and will include a full day of fun and activities, stalls & competitions.  On Tuesday  11 March there will also be the early morning sevice for the raising of the flag on Maiki Hill.

This year, there will be an Open Day at Russell Museum – Te Whare Taonga o Kororareka in support of the festival from 10am to 4pm.

Festival events

Annual Hone Heke run – get training, young and old, for the run to the flagstaff and back to win the trophy! Win dinner for two at the Russell Boat Club
Waka Races - Join the Kororareka Waka-ama club for fun races off Kororareka Beach
Cake Competition  – Are you the best cake baker in Russell? What about a Battle of Kororareka themed decoration?  Bring your entries to Haratu between 10am – 11am on the day. Judging from 11am, winners announced 12pm.  Primary school children’s & Adults categories. Cakes will be auctioned off after.
Fancy Dress competition 1840’s style – best dressed boy and girl
Kite making competition – bring your entry along by 11am
Food stalls – Mussel fritters, steak sandwiches, sausage sizzle, pitas, Devonshire teas, and more.
White Elephant stall  – you can bring items along on the day
Raffles - Grocery hamper , ladies luxury hamper, and more.
Live entertainment throughout the day including Kapa Haka, belly dancing, live music and performances, etc.  Tu Ake Youth Group, Russell Hook and band.

Nau mai, haere mai ki Kororareka!