News from home / Reo and Culture
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20 Dec 2018

This celebration provides the opportunity for tribal members and their manuhiri to welcome in the new year and the first rays of Tama-Nui-Te-Ra aloft our sacred mountain. For first-timers or returning attendees, this uniquely cultural and spiritual experience begins with a 4am start assembling at the base of Pakihiroa Station. Four-wheel drive vehicles are a necessity to make the 45 minute (or 10.5 km) journey up the maunga where participants gather at Te Takapau a Maui Tikitiki a Taranga. 

It is here among these nine spectacularly carved whakairo, created for the Year 2000 Millenium celebrations, where a karanga will welcome in the new year, followed by a karakia, haka and waiata. At the conclusion of the ceremony korero will be provided about the whakairo who represent Maui and his whanau, before everyone descends back down the maunga to the Pakihiroa Woolshed for a BBQ breakfast.


3.45am   Assemble at Pakihiroa Station
4.15am   Depart for Te Takapau a Maui
5.00am   Assemble in parking area adjacent to Te Takapau a Maui
5.15am   Dawn Ceremony commences

               - Karanga  
               - Karakia    
               - Haka   
               - Whakatau  

6.30am   Descend from Te Takapau a Maui
7.30am   Barbeque breakfast at Pakihiroa Woolshed

For all those wishing to participate, you will be required to:

  • Organise your own 4WD transport:

    • The track to the Maui Whakairo is for 4WD vehicles only. It is a very steep farm track with large drop-offs so extreme care whilst driving is required.

    • It is highly recommended that your driver is experienced in 4WD off-road driving.

  • 4WD requirements: 

    • All 4WD vehicles must be road legal – current warrant of fitness, registration and road user (if diesel).

    • Recommend High/Low gear ratio – low ratio is required in some steeper sections.

    • All Terrain or Mud Grip tyres with plenty of tread.

  • If your vehicle and driver do not meet the requirements above please do not put yourself or your whanau at risk.

  • If you have a spare seat available please let the organisers know, as others may require a ride up.

  • The weather on our Maunga is very changeable please ensure that you have the appropriate clothing and footwear.

For further information contact:
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
Rapaea Parata: 021 863 114