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Turangawaewae Regatta

Turangawaewae Regatta

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  • Fri 21 Mar ’14, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 22 Mar ’14, 9:00am – 6:00pm


Turangawaewae Marae, 29 River Road, Ngaruawahia


All Ages

Friday 21 March 2014: Day One - the focus is on the water with school crews competing in kopapa racing. Heats held throughout the day.

Saturday 22 March 2014: Day Two - The Big Day. Gates open from 9am. Starring the feature event - the grand parade of the mighty waka taua (war canoes), the only time each year that you will see these magnificent traditional vessels in action.

Also featuring Marae tours, waka rides, waka tauaa exhibition, adventure activities and rides including water slides, climbing tower, pole joust, obstacle course, vertical bungy, gyroscope, bouncy castles and more; traditional and modern art displays including korowai, whariki and fashion; performances from kapa haka groups and live bands, traditional kai (food) stalls, arts and crafts, plus finals of kopapa and waka ama racing throughout the day.

History of the Turangawaewae Regatta:
The regatta had its beginnings in March 1896 when the community of Ngaruawahia held an official carnival of the banks of the Waikato and Waipa rivers. Earliest regattas were held at the Point, at the confluence of the two rivers. The Turangawaewae Marae community staged the regatta permanently from 1973, following flooding at the Point.

The purpose of the regatta was to encourage aquatic sports and Maori customary river activities, with particular emphasis on the preservation of ancient customs and traditions.

Ko Ngaruawaahia taku turangawaewae - Ngaruawaahia shall be my footstool. Words uttered by Taawhiao, and ones which have echoed through time symbolising that Ngaruawaahia would always be a place for Waikato Tainui people to find strength, security and a sense of belonging. Ngaruawaahia, where for over 100 years, two rivers and a yearly regatta have linked Maori and Pakeha together. It is a time when the older generation will re-live and remember the past, where the rangatahi learn about the past in an atmosphere of fun and where all will celebrate the river and its culture.

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