February 03, 2017
Fund raiser to get Hikurangi Pariha to Te Matatini
Meat lockers and wood piles are being opened around East Cape this weekend as Ngati Porou raises the cash needed to get its kapa to Te Matatini in Heretaunga next month.
It’s almost 40 years since Hikurangi Pariha has gained entry to the national Maori performing arts competition.
Spokesperson Nori Parata says like all the other rope around the country, that means a big commitment of time and cash – but the whanau are keen to help.
She says raffle prizes have been flooding in for Sunday’s fundraiser at Uepohatu Marae in Ruatoria.
"Our whanau have been coming to the party. We've had lots of meat donated. Last night I was rung at 10 by a whanau donating a beast for a raffle. We've had pigs donated, mutton, produce, wood, all the things that are here on the coast, the resources that our whanau can contribute," Ms Parata says.
While the raffles and housie is going on at Uepohatu, the performers will be at Te Aowera polishing their routines for Te Matatini, with a break to attend the tangi at Hiruharama of Ripeka Heeney.
Known as Nanny Peg, she was the sister of Victoria Cross winner Moana Ngarimu, and had a long association with Hikirangi Pariha.
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