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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the town of Pātea. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The 1982 closure of the Pātea freezing works could have spelled the death of the town. But salvation came from an unlikely source -- the lively song 'Poi e', by Dalvanius Prime and Ngoi Pēwhairangi, became a 1984 hit single for the local Pātea Māori Club.


'Poi e' by the Patea Maori Club,

Te Kumeroa Ngoingoi Pewhairangi,

Taranaki region: arts and heritage,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Pātea Māori Club - Roadside Stories