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Kawhia Kai Festival


Sat 8 Feb 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Omimiti Reserve, Ōmimiti St, Kawhia, Kawhia Harbour, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • children 12 years and under: $2.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Brucegatwardcook

Pio Terei MCs Kāwhia Kai Festival

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Kāwhia along with thousands of visitors will be TV personality, Pio Terei as the Festival’s MC this year.

The TV comedian and presenter is no stranger to Kāwhia or the festival – he was the MC back in 2006 when around 3000 visitors came to the sleepy seaside village to celebrate Waitangi Day with traditional and contemporary kai, music and arts and crafts.

Being held on Saturday, February 8, the Festival is now in its 10th year with more than 7000 visitors now expected to enjoy the day-long entertainment and more than 25 food stalls serving a wide variety of delicacies from traditional hāngi to white bait fritters – even Kānga Wai/Pirau (fermented corn).

Pio will be introducing a great lineup of entertainment throughout the day including Kāwhia’s own finalist in New Zealand’s Got Talent - The Diamond Divas. The duo consists of singer Frankie Steven’s daughter, Mandy Stevens and Vicki Martin-Smith whose parents live in Kāwhia.

Another star attraction will be the six-piece Tait Kora band playing original music written by the band’s founder, Tait Kora, along with crowd pleasers Holly & The Bluebenders, Hinemoa playing flamenco style music, and the JFS Band.

As a celebration of Waitangi Day for all New Zealanders and supported by Waipa Networks, the Kāwhia Kai Festival wouldn’t be complete without traditional kapahaka groups. This year there are three regional groups on the stage - Te Haona Kaha from Pirongia, Te Ora Kotahi from Kāwhia, and Te Roopu Kapahaka o Nōera from Hamilton.

Held on Ōmiti Reserve by the shores of the tranquil Kāwhia Harbour, the Festival’s venue is designed along the lines of a traditional Māori village. Visitors enter through a carved waharoa (gateway) – and the whole site is surrounded by fences made from manuka.

Among the more than 25 kai stalls, four local Kāwhia marae will each have a stall dedicated just to hāngi – the most popular dish of traditional Māori kai.

As a Festival to celebrate Waitangi Day for all New Zealanders, the event also showcases Māori arts and crafts with demonstrations of rāranga (traditional flax weaving), and tā-moko (traditional tattooing).

Attracting New Zealanders of all ages and backgrounds, the cultural festival runs from 9am to 5pm, with a gate entry of $10 for adults, and $2 those 12 years and under. Visit our website for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Festival organisers Hinga 021 1811 009 or Lloyd Whiu 021 050 4606
Or Ph 07 8710 755

Or contact, Bruce Gatward-Cook, Adviso Media, Ph 0274 99 00 24.

Pio Terei: Mobile 021 645 760
Tait Kora: Mobile 021 022 807 747
Vicki Martin-Smith: Mobile 027 563 9323