Nau mai to Wai Ata studio’s first community open day

Wai Ata studio in Paekākāriki is opening its doors to the community from 10am – 2pm on Saturday 18 June 2022 so you can check out the awesome new space and learn what happens there. You can go from there to the Paekākāriki Orchards and Gardens (POG) which is also holding an open day. People can … [Read more...] about Nau mai to Wai Ata studio’s first community open day

The Last Shear & More

The Last Shear & More exhibition at the Paekākāriki Station Museum honours the Smith and Perkins families who farmed land locally for 150 years. Dave Johnson, Station Master, worked with the families and Bride Coe, whose photos of the last shear at the Perkins farm in 2011 feature in the … [Read more...] about The Last Shear & More

Do the stingray shuffle!

When walking in the sea, swish your feet along the bottom, urges Mark Amery. You’ll avoid crab bites, flounder slips or even - with freakish bad luck - a gash from a scared whai repo’s tail. My friend sneaks a tiny duty-free bottle of The Kraken rum into the hospital and the humour takes the … [Read more...] about Do the stingray shuffle!

From Korea to MIQ: Remembering the many places Aotearoa NZ has contributed on ANZAC Day

Lieutenant Jaiselmer Keivom-Lockhart from the Royal New Zealand Signal Corps spoke at the Paekākāriki Anzac day commemoration in 2021. Paekākāriki.nz publishes this to commemorate Anzac Day 2022 (with this year's service cancelled due to Covid-19). For a substantial portion of time since the … [Read more...] about From Korea to MIQ: Remembering the many places Aotearoa NZ has contributed on ANZAC Day

Our Fire Brigade

The Paekākāriki Volunteer Fire Brigade has been first responders from and within our village for 75 years. Sylvia Bagnall chatted to a number of the fire fighters and gives us an insight into this generous bunch of people and what they do. The fire siren can be heard all over the village, and … [Read more...] about Our Fire Brigade

Unveiling the Mural on the Weaver’s Whare

Read Paranahia Broughton's kōrero around the development and unveiling of the beautiful new mural on the Weaver's Whare/ Wai Ata studio. Dedicated to Ngāti Haumia ki Paekākāriki's Kuia Miriona, Papatuanuku and the Paekākāriki Community, a huge mihi goes out to the artists, Anthony Paaka and Ryan … [Read more...] about Unveiling the Mural on the Weaver’s Whare

Keeping our rangatahi and tamariki safe during Covid through manaakitanga

At the end of 2021, Megan Salole worked with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to create Covid-19 communications especially for rangatahi and tamariki. She shares her engaging story and accessible infographics with us. Megan Salole is a resident of Ames Street with hubby Francis and their daughter Aurora. … [Read more...] about Keeping our rangatahi and tamariki safe during Covid through manaakitanga

Living with Covid in France

Kerren Hedlund shares her experience of living in a small village in France in 2022 where almost all the residents contracted Covid-19, including her family of four. Kia ora e te whānau! Kerren, Justin, Noah (18 years) and Sophie (16 years) here. Back from France where guess what!? We got … [Read more...] about Living with Covid in France

New Wai Ata studio offers creative classes for taitamariki

Mishy Vieira explores the recently-opened Wai Ata music studio based in the old weavers' whare in the Tilley Rd reserve. Find out what exciting musical opportunities are on offer, for our taitamariki (young people) and adults alike. Giving local young people access to creative pursuits is the … [Read more...] about New Wai Ata studio offers creative classes for taitamariki