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