Community EventsMercury Bay Art Escape - Whitianga Street Art FestivalWhitianga CBDThis project features a series of 12 murals reflecting the themes of “First Encounters” or of “Navigation”. The festival features internationally recognised artists, national and local artists also feature. The murals are all completed and are nestled amongst the township of Whitianga.5th April 2019Ka Tito Au; Kupe’s Heroic JourneyCreative Mercury Bay Mercury Bay Area School - Whitianga The solo show, written by Apirana Taylor is a captivating and informative performance, commissioned by NZ Festival as part of A Waka Odyssey, the festival’s celebration of our shared voyaging past and Pacific future, performed by Tola Newbery.Kupe, the great Pacific explorer and navigator, is the hero of this lively, lyrical solo show by treasured local poet and storyteller Apirana Taylor, Legend has it that Kupe discovered Aotearoa after pursuing Te Wheke-a-Muturangi, a giant octopus that was endangering his people’s fishing grounds in the Pacific. Be enchanted by the exhilarating tale of Kupe’s many exploits and celebrate with us our shared voyaging past and future. Originally commissioned by NZ Festival 2018https://www.festival.co.nz/2018/events/ka-tito-au-kupes-heroic-journey/March - October 2019Ngati Hei Tikanga Programme for SchoolsMercury Bay SchoolsKapa Haka and Mahi Raranga Wananga for pupils and staff. An opportunity to learn cultural protocols, focusing on 'Powhiri' (A traditional welcoming protocol for visitors). They will also have the opportunity to showcase these new found learnings during Te Whanganui o Hei | Mercury Bay's commemorative event in October.18th October 2019Te Powhiri ki Te Wanganui o HeiWharekaho, Whitianga1769 Lt. James Cook & crew sailed into Te Whanganui o Hei onboard the HMB Endeavour. Ngati Hei welcomed them with the traditional protocol of 'Powhiri' at Wharetaewa Marae, Wharekaho. In acknowledgement of this historic encounter the Replica HMB Endeavour along with a flotilla of Waka Hourua (Double-Hulled Canoe) from Aotearoa and Tahiti, along with Heritage Tall Ship vessels will arrive at Wharekaho to commemorate the historic event.19th OctoberThe Tuia StageTaylor’s Mistake, WhitiangaA 12 hr event, featuring local artists - poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers and kapa haka groups. The central performance will be a special composition by Charles Royal, performed by James Webster and friends, incorporating taonga puoro, traditional Maori instruments. The 30 minute composition, sung largely in English with Maori passages will be heard for the first time on The Tuia Stage. It will be accompanied by 20 woodwind and string musicians from Waikato’s Orchestra Central, alongside Mercury Bay Community ChoirLabour WeekendSand Art Competition Banks Street Reserve, Cooks BeachOpen to a variety of age groups, with prizes for all categories including major cash prizes for adult and junior divisions. A carnival will take place at the reserve during the competition, with stalls, food and live entertainment.A shuttle service between Ferry Landing and Cooks Beach will also be available on the day.Sponsored by The Informer and Richardsons Real Estate Cooks Beach. Scheduled event information & details will be updated.