Te Arawa: Whakanuia

The Whakarewarewa Village in Rotorua is home to the people of Tūhourangi Ngāti Wahiao and regularly hosts tourists looking for an authentic Māori experience.

During Waitangi Day celebrations this year the village hosted the Rotorua community. The Whakarewarewa Charitable Trust set up the inaugural Whakanuia celebrations with the support of Te Puni Kōkiri.

The event was designed as an opportunity for all cultures living within Te Arawa rohe to come together and participate in Māori cultural activities during the day, including eating indigenous kai, making crafts, learning about Māori medicine, local legends and local history, and much more.