Te Rā o te Raukura
‘Arohanui ki te tangata – Goodwill to all mankind.’ This is the guiding philosophy for Te Rā o te Raukura (Te Rā), the premier cultural event created by Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa (Te Rūnanga) based in Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt.
Te Rā is an annual celebration of Te Āti Awatanga and Māoritanga, held at Te Whiti Park on the weekend closest to Waitangi Day. It is a feast of stage entertainment, fun activities, education and health services and food, that is free to the wider community and is seen by the Rūnanga as a means of connecting with, and giving back, to the community. It is an event that supports local talent and brings together cultural awareness and understanding, social connection, health and wellbeing information and advice, education services and employment advice, and opportunities to learn about a range of services, products and activities available in the community – all within an entertaining, safe, inclusive and engaging environment.
Tikanga Te Āti Awa is embedded throughout the event with: an opening and closing with karakia; a showcase of te reo Māori and reo-rua (bilingual) music; a celebration of local musicians and kapa haka performers; and plentiful delicious Māori cuisine. Māori values and culture are alive in all corners or the event, particularly the values of:
- Aroha – giving with no expectation of receiving.
- Whanaungatanga – being connected.
- Whakapapa – knowing where you belong.
- Mana Manaaki – building the mana of others.
- Kōrero Awhi – promoting positive communication and actions.
Guided by the overarching theme “Arohanui ki te Tangata”, Te Rā provides for the community:
- A place to celebrate being Māori
- A place for all to celebrate being a Treaty partner
- A great day for all in the whānau
- A place to improve health, learning, and wellbeing for all
Key partners in Te Rā are:
- Hutt City Council
- E Tū Whānau
- Te Puni Kōkiri
- Awakairangi PHO