November 24, 2022
Portage Crossing delayed to December 10
The annual Portage Crossing, marking the passage of the Tainui waka across the Auckland isthmus on its way to Kawhia, has been postponed from this weekend until December 1.
Organiser James Papali’i from the Manukau Outrigger Canoe Club says it’s the 30th anniversary of the event, which was started with the approval of Tainui elders.
With bad weather expected this Saturday, he consulted tide charts for a suitable replacement date.
“I checked out a 3.9m tide down on the Mangere inlet side and it’s still up, it’s high enough so it’s all go and the tide is pretty much around the same time as well, around 1pm so we don’t need to adjust the arrival and powhiri and so on so it’s worked out well,” he says.
The Portage Crossing will end with a concert at the Mangere Waterfront Reserve featuring House of Shem, Herbs, culture groups, market stalls and more.