Focus on the Land
Turanganui Maori festival continues to grow
Thursday, November 22, 2012
AROUND 3000 performers from 74 groups have made this year’s Turanganui Schools Maori Cultural Festival the biggest in its 28-year-history, say organisers.
The non-competitive five-day festival started on Monday at Gisborne Showgrounds Park Event Centre with a showcase of kapa haka, recitals and multicultural performances from schools, kohanga reo and early childhood centres.
It wraps up tomorrow with a mass performance from a collective of 16 schools.
Festival trust chairman Rick Paenga said the event was growing each year and this year’s festival included an evening performance held last night.
“The evening show provided an opportunity for the local business community to attend as they’re unable to come during the day,” said Mr Paenga.
“It delivered one of the biggest crowds we’ve ever had.”
The turnout also reflected the festival’s concept of being inclusive of all cultures, which was instigated by Keita Ngata and Muriwai Jones.
One of tomorrow’s highlights will be a performance by the entire school of Gisborne Intermediate, which has around 540 students.
Kimihia Te Kohanga Reo. Picture by Paul Rickard
Te Puna Reo o Puhi Kaiti. Picture by Paul Rickard
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