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Written by: Erana Reedy
1 Feb 2017

They performed at Tamararo 2016 with a bang, finishing third and qualifying for Te Matatini 2017.  After a 38 year hiatus, Hikurangi Pariha is on their way to Ngati Kahungunu, to represent Te Tairawhiti at Te Matatini.  And you have an opportunity to contribute to their journey by supporting the Pariha Waitangi Weekend Fundraiser ‘Te Rori ki te Matatini’.

The fundraiser is being held this Sunday 5 February 2017 at Uepohatu, Ruatoria, kicking off at 10am. 

There is something for everyone at this event –no reira nau mai haere mai. 

Batons Ups

Up for grabs – Batons up prizes.  Tickets which are $5 each.  There are two tables with general goods and one table for tamariki.  You can purchase tickets on the day.

Wood Raffle

There is also wood raffle.  $10 per ticket for one cord of Manuka valued at $500 which will be delivered for free between Hicks Bay and Gisborne.  Tickets are selling fast so contact Hiria Parata via Facebook to secure your ticket now.


For the Housie players – it’s ‘eyes down looking’ at 12.30pm.  That’s when housie starts and we will play 50 games, two supers - one at $1000 and one at $500.  Get your Housie Packs now from Ruira Morice 8648107 or PM her on Facebook.

Hangi, Kai stalls and much, much more 

There will be a $10 hangi for sale, so get your orders in fast to Hun at Te Waiu on (06) 8648676.

A canteen will sell yummy kai throughout the day and a whole lot of quick fire raffles and to top all that off – Hikurangi Pariha will be performing a couple of items! 

Support the Pariha

This is the first time a kapa haka north of Tokomaru Bay has qualified for Te Matatini, so here’s your chance to support them. 

Hikurangi Pariha takes its name from our ancestral mountain Hikurangi and the Parish that was formed by Major Ropata Wahawaha and Reverend Raniera Kawhia in 1860.  It wasn’t until the 1930’s that the Hikurangi (Pariha) Senior and Junior Choirs emerged to compete at the Anglican church choir competitions and later the national Hui Topu.  Today most of today’s performers’ whakapapa to former Hikurangi Choir members.  The Road to Te Matatini also marks the 150th birthday of Hikurangi Pariha. 

  • So help support Hikurangi Pariha on their journey to Te Matatini 2017 by attending their Waitangi Weekend Fundraiser, this Sunday 5 February 2017 at Uepohatu Hall, Ruatoria, kicking off at 10am. 


  • If you don’t live at home and wish to contribute contact Erana Keelan-Reedy on 021 284 8382 or via Facebook ( if you require any further information.