Events - Te Whanganui o Hei | Mercury Bay


Community Events

Mercury Bay Art Escape - Whitianga Street Art Festival

Whitianga CBD

  • This 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 2019

Ka Tito Au; Kupe’s Heroic Journey

Creative 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 2018

March - October 2019

Ngati Hei Tikanga Programme for Schools

Mercury Bay Schools

  • Kapa 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 2019

Te Powhiri ki Te Wanganui o Hei

Wharekaho, Whitianga

  • 1769 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 with a Pōwhiri.

19th October

The Tuia Stage

Taylor’s Mistake, Whitianga

  • A 12 hr event, featuring local artists - poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers and kapa haka groups.

20th January

Sand Art Competition 

Banks Street Reserve, Cooks Beach

  • Open 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.

He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu,
Te hau ka rere, te ha ka tau

A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures,
a blending of heritage, a sharing of future