Cutting cake at Kōpeopeo Street Party

Ngā Uri o Mataatua celebrate Kōpeopeo

Coinciding with Te Puna Ora o Mataatua’s 30th birthday, and the formal public opening of Kōpeopeo’s new state-of-the-art medical centre, Rehua Medical, the Kōpeopeo Street Party was a true celebration of Mataatua Uri and we thank everyone who came to celebrate!

Ngā uri o Mataatua showed up in full force on Friday, as Te Tōpūtanga o Te Puna Ora o Mataatua and Rehua Medical celebrated the Kōpeopeo Street Party.

The free whānau event took place on King Street and featured entertainment and activities for all ages, kai, mirimiri, local musicians serving up soulful sounds and more.

Whakatāne Intermediate tauira Jarra, Tyrese, Mahinarangi, Kim and Marara were some of many who attended.

 Kōpeopeo Street Party
Whakatāne Intermediate tauira Jarra, Tyrese, Mahinarangi, Kim and Marara

Fresh out of another week at kura these rangatahi enjoyed free Tā Moko Face Paintings in our Whānau Ora Zone, as well as heaps of reka kai and free live entertainment on offer, including a performance from Te Roopu Kapa Haka o Te Kura o Paroa.

Te Kura o Te Paroa perform at Kōpeopeo Street Party
Te Kura o Te Paroa performed a bracket for those attending the Kōpeopeo Street Party
Kōpeopeo Street Party Facepainting
Kaimahi Paula Hudson lended a helping hand at our Tā Moko Facepainting stall

Ngāti Pūkeko me Ngāti Awa uri Bodhi-Moon, supported by her Dad Quinn, enjoyed getting glammed up at our Tamariki Face painting stall.

Quinn described himself as being “local as the breeze” and said that joining in on the Kōpeopeo Street Party was a no-brainer.

 

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Proudly representing Te Kura o Te Teko, Ketana, Connor and Andy shared similar sentiments.

Andy told us how whānau markets are one of their favourite ways to spend quality time together, and for him, a particular highlight of the Kōpeopeo Street Party was getting to enjoy the ataahua waiata of Shelley Akuhata.

Local musician Shelley Akuhata at the Kōpeopeo Street Party
Local musician Shelley Akuhata was a highlight for many at the Kōpeopeo Street Party

It was the same soulful anthems from Shelley that pulled Gabby and Mikaea away from their Friday night errands.

 

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The pair were on a quick dash to te toa when they heard all the commotion happening down the street.

Venturing down the street, Gabby says they were excited to find lots of kai and entertainment on offer, there were even Tik Tok dances to be learned by everyone’s favourite Aunty and Uncle duo, MC’s Awhina Kurei and Raymond White.

 

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Coinciding with Te Puna Ora o Mataatua’s 30th birthday, and the formal public opening of Kōpeopeo’s new state-of-the-art medical centre, Rehua Medical, the Kōpeopeo Street Party was a true celebration of Mataatua Uri and we thank everyone who came to celebrate!

Deputy Chairman Brian Simpson cuts into Te Puna Ora o Mataatua's 30th Birthday Cake
Deputy Chairman Brian Simpson cuts into Te Puna Ora o Mataatua’s 30th Birthday Cake
free cupcake for those attending at  Kōpeopeo Street party
Whānau attending the Kōpeopeo Street party got a taste of our 30th birthday with a free cupcake for those attending
MC Awhina Kurei and Career Broker Elwira Ograbek enjoy the celebrations
MC Awhina Kurei and Career Broker Elwira Ograbek enjoy the celebrations
Street Perfromers at the Kōpeopeo Street Party
Street Perfromers filled the street with colour at the Kōpeopeo Street Party
Bobois McCorkingdale and his whānau
Bobois McCorkingdale and his whānau gave us their best menemene
Escape room.
Our escape room kept our clever rangatahi busy all night

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