This is an opportunity to join Ngāti Rangi at Tūroa ski field on Mount Ruapehu to celebrate the changing of the seasons and beginning of the Māori New Year in a traditional ceremony.

Photo: Ngāti Rangi kai mahi, Cassandra Reid photographs the wairua [or spirits] ascend from the flames of the fire pit into the heavens during the annual iwi Puanga Maunga Karakia held at the base of Mt Ruapehu.

During the celebrations we come together for a special karakia to Koro Ruapehu, our maunga, our mountain. If you would like to learn our karakia Maia, Maia please feel free to download the words in Te Reo Māori (which also has the English translation), an audio file or watch the video which includes the Te Reo Māori at the bottom of the screen.

Much thanks to the Te Riaki, Most and Morgan whānau from the Kāhui Maunga Snow Academy for all their help in sharing our special karakia to the maunga - ngā mihi

In previous years Ngāti Rangi have celebrated Puanga with a specially created menu highlighting traditional Māori delicacies from around the Ruapehu rohe. Led by Luana Akapita, the talented chefs from Maungārongo Marae served a number of traditional Māori dishes including Kau Horopito (horopito grilled beef), Toroī (Cooked mussels and silverbeet) and Kānga Wai Pungarehu (traditional or corn prepared in ashes with cream). As part of our 2016 celebrations we put together a few video's to celebrate all those involved in preparing for this event. 



All our Puanga events are Smoke free, Drug free & Alcohol free