This year’s Festival of Kororareka on Saturday 13th March, is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before. Now in its fourth year, the festival was established by the Kororareka Marae Society to mark the Battle of Kororeka in 1845 and be a celebration of local M?ori culture. With the opening of Haratu, the Kororareka Marae premises on the Russell waterfront, there will be more than ever in terms of things for visitors to see and do.
There will be events for all the family, including the Hone Heke Run from Russell Township to the Flagstaff on Maiki Hill and back, finishing on the Russell Waterfront. There will be Kapa Haka performances throughout the day, bands playing, traditional m?ori kai as well as the Best Dressed Dog competition and Miss Kororareka Beauty Pageant.
“I’m really excited about this year’s Festival” commented Festival Organiser Kaye Gorrie “particularly as we know that a lot of overseas visitors really enjoy the relaxed but truly authentic atmosphere of our M?ori culture. They don’t often get a chance to see our local groups perform Kapa Haka so it is great showcase for us and a treat for them.”
Stalls are available for craft and food sellers as well as community groups and application forms are available from http://marae.kororarekanz.com or by phoning Haratu on 09 403 7212. Entry forms for the Hone Heke Run are also available.