News from home / Reo and Culture
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8 Dec 2017

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 2018, 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.


4.00am   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 and
  • Ensure that you have the appropriate clothing and footwear.

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