March 19, 2021
Waka and more in Turangawaewae Regatta
It’s Tūrangawaewae Regatta time, with all manner of waka and other vessels out on the Waikato River at Ngaruawāhia tomorrow, along with music, kapa haka, wood chopping and other activities on shore.
Organising committee member Ikimoke Takerei says after last year’s event was cancelled because of the Covid lockdown, it’s a chance for people to come back and enjoy the whanaungatanga.
On display will be four of the Kiingitanga waka – Te Rangatahi and Tumanako, which were commissioned in 1938 for Te Puea Herangi’s vision of a reenactment of the Great Migration; Tahere Tikitiki, which was commissioned in 1972 by Te Atairangikaahu; and Tātaiora, built to mark the coronation of King Tuheitia.
There will also be demonstrations of waka kōpapa, the short dugouts used to cross the river, waka peke for jumping hurdles, and races by 18 corporate teams in waka ama.
Gates for the regatta open at 9am
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