Pā activities fun for kids over holidays

A uniquely kiwi, fun-filled activity programme to help fill the last days of the school holidays is underway now at Te Puia|New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Visitors have the opportunity to take part in traditional Māori games, such as poi, Ta Rākau (Māori stick games) and Māori stilt-walking, as well as have their faces painted (kirituhi) in traditional Māori designs.

The activities are being led by Te Rina West, the latest of many generations of the West family to guide in Te Whakarewarewa Valley. Te Rina is also the face of the Famously Rotorua campaign.

Te Puia Sales and Marketing Manager, Kiri Atkinson-Crean, says the activities are a fun and interactive way for children to learn more about Māori culture.

“The activities are a unique and very Kiwi way for our tamariki (children) to learn about Māori culture and traditions, as well as keeping them occupied and interested over the last weeks of the summer holiday period.

“Our past holiday programmes have been a real hit with both locals and visitors to Rotorua, so bring your children and come and experience some cultural magic right on your back doorstep.”

The activities are held under the shelter known as Whakaruruhau, between 11am and 3pm daily until 26 January.