Ātiawa Toa FM is pleased to announce the festival will be held over two days for the first time hosting the Wellington Regional Kapa Haka Competitions on Saturday 1 February and Te Rā o te Raukura on Sunday 2 February.
Every year 'Te Ra' attracts up to 20,000 people to Te Whiti Park, Waiwhetu in Lower Hutt. It's a family orientated festival with a focus on health, art, education with kid's amusement rides, and over 100 stalls with a massive array of fine foods and crafts.
The festival will be feature it's first international act direct from Australia. Brisbane based Paua will be joining Wellington sunshine reggae band Tomorrow People and X Factor finalist Maaka Fiso as the premier music acts for 2014. Also joining the line up will be festival favorite, percussion group Wellington Batucada. Ranea Aperahama will perform Māori music with his band Aka. Auckland based RnB singer TJ Tautoa will make his first appearance at 'Te Rā' as well as Aotearoa reggae legend David Grace & Injustice. Also joining the line up is Australian based beat box champion Hope One The Beatboxer.
The festival will be hosted by Ātiawa Toa FM with a live broadcast of the festival on 100.9FM in Wellington and the Hutt Valley, and 94.9FM in Porirua, and streaming worldwide at www.atiawatoafm.com.
The name of this event Te Rā o te Raukura is significant to the people at Waiwhetu and the tangata whenua in the Wellington Region. The 'Raukura' was used as a symbol of peace, love and harmony by the prophet Te Whiti O Rongomai at Parihaka. He and fellow prophet Tohu Kakahi led their people to passive resistance and patient obedience as an armed constabulary invaded the peaceful village of Parihaka on November the 5th in 1881. Te Rā o te Raukura commemorates this day and celebrates unity in Lower Hutt City and the wider Wellington Region
Te Whiti Park
Entry is generally by koha with all proceeds going to Te Omanga Hospice