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The Kāwhia Traditional Kai Festival

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  • Sat 2 Feb ’08


Ōmimiti park reserve, Kāwhia, , Waikato

The fifth annual Kāwhia Traditional Kai festival is a genuine celebration of traditional Maori Kai from the land and sea and Kāwhia’s biggest day as thousands of visitors flock for this annual festival celebrated on or around Waitangi weekend in early February.
The MC this year is Dynamic Māori TV personality and presenter Te Hāmua Nikora (popular host of Hōmai Te Pakipaki)
Last year, the festival attracted up to 10,000 people, who were entertained by cultural activities, a huge array of delicious kai, both traditional and modern. Entertainment on the stage provides a wonderful family atmosphere for young and old. Māori Kapa-haka groups’ performing through out the day is all part of this truly unique experience. For many the day is about reconnecting with Whanau and their spiritual homeland.

Sites featuring Rāranga [flax weaving], Whakairo-Rākau [wood carving], Tā-moko [tattooing] & Whatu-Kākahu [cloak making] provide festival goers a unique opportunity to view first hand experienced artists at work and gain an insight into Māori art & craft.
An area allocated outside of the actual event areal provides festival goers with other attractions and entertainment to keep young and not so young children entertained within a safe environment. Swimming off the wharf is one attraction that is always a hit on a hot summers day with young and old.
Make sure you mark your calendar, pack your whanau in to the car and head out to Kawhia for what promises to be a truly inspirational experience.

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