Te Pou Korero - July 2021


Taranaki Tū Mai was instigated in 2009 and was first hosted by Te Atiawa. Since the inaugural Taranaki Tū Mai, the event has been hosted by Taranaki (2011), Ngā Rauru (2013), Ngāti Mutunga (2015), Ngā Ruahine (2017) and Ngāti Maru (2019). This year, 2021 Ngāti Ruanui are excited to be the hosts.

For the 2021 Taranaki Tū Mai Festival, the Mauri toki was introduced as a reminder of the founding values of the event, w’anaungatanga, manaakitanga and taranakitanga. The Mauri will accompany the event and be handed over to the following host at the prize giving. The Mauri toka was carved by Barry Te Whatu.

Wharehoka Wano and Howie Tamati presented the Mauri toka in a humble pow’iri on the 16th of June 2021.

Following the pow’iri, the co-ordinators from each iwi gathered for their monthly ‘ui to discuss the finer details of the event and had a tour of the TSB Hub and its facilities.




Friday 26th November 2021

  • 10.30am – Pow’iri
  • 12.30am – ‘Akari
  • 1.30 pm – Wananga
  • 2.30 pm – Golf, Darts, Basketball, Croquet, Bowls, E Sports
  • 4.30 pm – Run

Saturday 27th November 2021

  • 7.30 am – Marching
  • 8.30 am – March Past
  • 10.00am – Kaumatua Olympics, Tamariki Tū Mai, Basketball, Netball, Rugby 7’s, League 9’s, Touch, Ki-o-Ra’i Softball, Volleyball
  • 12.30pm – Tauto’eto’e 3.45 pm – Tug-o-War

Sunday 28th November 2021

  • 8.00 am – Karakia
  • 8.15 am – Kapa ‘Aka
    • W’akataetae
    • W’akanga’au
  • 2.45 pm – Tauto’eto’e Finals
  • 3.20 pm – Thank you Speech
  • 3.30 pm – Prize Giving


Tēnā Koutou Katoa,

This year we are excited to be hosting Taranaki Tū Mai in ‘Awera.

The Taranaki Tū Mai Festival is a wonderful opportunity for all our tribes to come together in unity and to reconnect in a celebration of our past, our present and our future.

Of course this year, like every biennial year, the competition is fierce. However, deeper than the competition is the theme of the festival, which is a celebration of our collective identity as descendants of Koro Taranaki. The Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust Board wish you all the very best with your preparations for Taranaki Tū Mai 2021.


Ngāti Ruanui registration form for Taranaki Tū Mai 2021 is available:

Online through Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust Facebook Page In person at the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui Trust Office, 74 Princes Street, HAWERA.

If you have any difficulties please ring the office 06 278 0148 or 0800RUANUI


A reminder you can only register with ONE iwi. Co-ordinators will be checking with each other and will remove duplicated registrations.


In order to receive Ngāti Ruanui clothing you MUST be participating in an activity at Taranaki Tū Mai and your registration must be completed and paid for by the 15th October 2021.


Cost to register at Taranaki Tū Mai is $5.00 per person if 13 years and over.
If you are wanting to purchase a hoodie, the cost is $40.00 and must be registered and paid for by 15th October 2021. These are subsidised and only available to registrations who are participating in Taranaki Tū Mai.

Payment can be made at the Office (address above) or online: Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust

Reference: Your name

Registration forms and fees are due by 3pm Friday 15th October 2021

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