Te Tairāwhiti | Gisborne Parade

To celebrate this year’s ‘Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori’ - Māori Language Week, Tūranga FM with ngā iwi o Te Tairawhiti, Gisborne District Council, Kura and various other organisations including Police, St Johns, NZ Fire Service, Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa are organising a parade to celebrate revitalisation of te reo Māori.

The parade will commence at Cobden Street proceed along Gladstone Road and end at Kelvin Park.

We extend an invitation to kura, school, puna, kōhanga and early childhood institutions to participate in the festivities of the day by bringing your children to hīkoi with us as we sing waiata, perform haka and help celebrate our reo in a whanau friendly and entertaining manner.

We ask that all participating roopu meet at 9.15am and no later than 9.30am ready to depart at 10.00am. Marshals will be on hand to help and answer any questions.

Buses will be required to drop the children off in Palmerston Road then they will make their way to Cobden Street to prepare to hīkoi with their friends and whanau.

(More details on bus times, parking will be given once your Kura is registered)

We will also have spot prizes on the day for the following sections:

  • BEST DRESSED ROOPU
  • BEST DRESSED INDIVIDUALS X 5
  • BEST BANNER
  • BEST KARANGA (CALL)
  • BEST WAIATA
  • BEST HAKA
  • BEST PRESENTATION OF “KIA KAHA TE REO MĀORI”

The safety of our tamariki is paramount. The council will be closing off both sides of Gladstone Rd for the entire duration of the parade which should take approximately 30 mins max. with Police presence as well as assistance from our Māori wardens.

When the parade arrives at the park, they will be entertained with some live music and a DJ, with the finale being the movie ‘Moana’ (in te reo Māori) played on the big screen for them to enjoy whilst nibbling on their lunch. There will also be a sausage sizzle provided by the organizing committee on the day.

The programme will end at 1pm, this will allow time for the children to be picked up and returned to their schools.