Come along to the Weiti Festival Sat 4th Nov

24th October 2017 | Nicky Davis

Come along to the Weiti Festival and the opening of Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae

Kaipatiki Project is partnering with the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Good Health to bring you the Weiti Festival at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae, Silverdale on Saturday 04 November 2017.  This free, public event will run from 10am – 2pm, and combines the official opening of Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae with an ‘Eco Fun Day’, which aims to provide Coasties with information and inspiration on how to live more sustainably.


There will be information stalls showcasing the great work that local community and environmental groups are doing in the area, a sustainable goods mini market and interactive activities which teach people about how they can reduce their environmental footprint.  There will also be fun activities for the kids like face painting, giant bubble fun and hoola hoop workshops!


Children and parents really enjoy these eco days as it’s a great community day out as Olivia Herbke said at the Kaipatiki Eco Day in March “it was really fantastic to see so many free kid’s activities and to teach the children about sustainability”.

To celebrate the opening of the Marae, there will also be powhiri to welcome people onto the Marae, tours of the Marae’s facilities and kapahaka performances.   Not to mention, a selection of tasty food and drinks for sale on the day! Please bring cash with you as only a few vendors have Eftpos facilities (and no cash out!).


Entry to the Marae grounds will be via Tavern Road and parking is limited in the area, so locals are encouraged to walk or cycle to the event.  Bike racks will be provided!


Kereama Nathan of the  Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae says

“We are pleased to co-host the Weiti Festival with the Kaipatiki Project team. The additional opportunity to share our marae with the local community is an added bonus and marks the end of a 30 year journey. Nāu mai, haramai ki te marae. All are welcome at the marae!.”

There will be plenty to do:

Compost Collective: Learn about the benefits of composting and how you can reduce your kerbside waste.

– The Great Drain Game:  Learn about what you should (and shouldn’t!) put down drains with this fun, interactive activity.

– Sustainability themed games: Fun, simple games for the kids such as an information treasure hunt.

– Sustainable mini market:  Check out great crafts using upcycled or sustainably sourced materials, and products which will help you to reduce your environmental footprint.

– Sustainable snacks: Enjoy yummy treats from Lalele Organic Gelato, Altezano Organic Coffee and Hungry for Raw Vegan Food

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Editors notes:

Kaipatiki Project is a not-for-profit, community based organisation which exists to carry out ecological restoration and environmental education with communities across the North Shore and further afield.

For more information contact:

Nicky Davis

Marketing Manager: Kaipatiki Project

09 482 1172 or 0225564259

[email protected]

Kaipatiki Project is able to operate due to the generosity of our funders and supporters

Auckland Council Foundation North Ministry for the Environment Kaipatiki Local Board Ubiquity Environment Hubs Aotearoa