Te Ha 2017 - Event Programme

Friday 6 October 2017 - Sunday 3 December 2017

Toitu Tairawhiti - Sustainable Tairawhiti

In 2017, we focus on the impact of settlement on the native flora and fauna of Te Tairawhiti and consider how to restore the region and prevent further adverse effects.

Dual Heritage. Shared Future.


Opening Karakia and Breakfast

Friday 6 October 2017

Nau mai, haere mai. Come to a karakia (blessing) to launch the opening of the Te Ha Commemorations Events Programme. Followed by refreshments at the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club.

Free event, all welcome.

VENUE: Waiohiharore, where Waikanae Stream meets Turanganui River



Ko Te Tumu Herenga Waka, He Taura Herenga Tangata

Friday 6 October 2017 - Sunday 8 October 2017

Sculptural mixed media works by Lina Marsh exploring the effects of past and present human settlement in Te Tairawhiti. Marsh is of Niuean Maori descent.


VENUE: City centre



Te Ha Awards and Exhibition

Friday 6 October 2017 - Sunday 3 December 2017

Visual artists focus on Te Ha's 2017 theme, the impact of settlement upon the native flora and fauna of Te Tairawhiti. Four awards, totalling $6,000 in prize money are sponsored by Gisborne's Pultron Composites and Professor Jack Richards.

Free, 5.30pm opening

VENUE: Tairawhiti Museum



ExNE - East by North East

Saturday 7 October 2017

Celebrating how differnt cultures have influenced each over the past 250 years. ExNE showcases new music from the East Coast of Aotearoa. Nine original artists perfom. Works will be professionally recorded and filmed.

$10 door charge, 5pm

VENUE: Smash Palace Bar


The Maori Sidesteps

Sautrday 7 October 2017

New and naughty Maori show band provides a contemporary take on the showbands of old with satirical skits and familiar party tunes made famous by Howard Morrison Quartet, The Hi-Marks, Prince Tui Teka and John Rowles. Features Jamie McCaskill, Rob Mokaraka, Jerome Leota, Erroll Anderson and Cohen Holloway.

Tickets from or Stephen Jones Photography

VENUE: War Memorial Theatre


Native Flora and Rongoa Maori

Sunday 8 October 2017

DoC biodiversity ranger Graeme Atkins will discuss the ecology, habitat and medicinal uses of plants Banks and Solander collected from this district. Participants are encouraged to bring along 20 snails from their own gardens in exchange for some kaka beak seeds and knowledge about how to grow them.


VENUE: Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve


First Meetings Korero - What's in a name?

Sunday 8 October 2017

Historic Places Tairawhiti's second annual talkfest will keep conversations flowing about first meetings in Turanganui a Kiwa in 1769. Ten speakers from the community will talk for about five minutes each on this year's topic, What's in a name? Historic Places Tairawhiti is the voice of heritage in the region.

$5, 1pm - 3pm

VENUE: Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club


Project Ataahua Mural Launch

Sunday 8 October 2017

Join Young Enterprise team Project Ataahua to unveil a mural by local artists Nick Tupara an Phil Berry. Hear about the process of creating the work. Project Ataahua commissions artists to create art works around the cite centre.

Free, 4pm - 6pm

VENUE: War Memorial Theatre


Balance Skate

Sunday 15 October 2017

Check out Young Enterprise team Balance Skate's collection of skateboards created out of recycled native and non-native wood. Drawings by Kahurangi Ngata, etched on the boards depict New Zealand flora, fauna and landscapes.

Free, 2.30pm

VENUE: 11 Solander Street, Gisborne


In October 2019, our region and nation will commemorate the 250h anniversary of the first meetings of tangata whenua and those on board the Endeavour on and off the coast of Te Tairawhiti.

This significant event in 1769 encourages us to consider our region's unique heritage. In 2017, Te Ha's focus is the impact of settlement on the native flora and fauna of Te Tairawhiti.

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