The Te Ao Marama Festival held over the weekend, a “festival of expression”, commemorated 33 years since the return of the Te Kopua land to local iwi.
Held in memory of Whaingaroa’s past, and celebrating its future with music and dance, artists and craftspeople, the festival’s return was a success.
“We were blessed with good weather, a variety of stalls, an appreciative audience and awesome talent, many of whom gave their time for koha. I just want to say, a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and/or talent to make Te Ao Marama 2016 a memorable occasion,” said organiser Angeline Greensill.
The festival, which used to be held annually, saw its return after an eight-year hiatus and their recently refurbished stage hosted a number of performances including waiata, poi and haka as well as musical acts by The Villains, Reiki Ruawai, Mighty Mighty and Strangely Arousing.
The festival program included a variety of performances, workshops, exhibitions and food stalls with Cornerstone Roots closing the festival around 11pm.