A Day Embracing Nature

Last year’s cultural day at the CUE Haven Nature Reserve in Kaipara was so successful, the organisers are doing it again.

Local Māori iwi – Ngāti Rango of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara – will be hosting the event, which will enable all to interact with traditional Māori customs and culture.

Along with Ngāti Rango, CUE Haven, the Auckland Polish Association, the Polish-New Zealand Business Association, POLANZ, and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Auckland, Bogusław Nowak, are inviting members of the Polish community and their friends to a Cultural Day – Ngā taonga o tātou tūpuna / Treasures of our ancestors.

The venue is the CUE Haven Nature Reserve, 2704 Kaipara Coast, Araparera. Activities will begin at 9.30am on 21 May 2022, with the traditional Māori welcome, a powhiri. All attendees are asked to arrive by 9.15 am.

The event will enable all to interact with traditional Māori customs and culture.

Morning tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. A delicious Māori-style lunch, a hāngī, will complement the event. A vegetarian version will be available for those who let us know a few days in advance.

The event will also mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first large groups of Polish settlers to the South Island, and is also dedicated to the people of Ukraine suffering under the recent Russian invasion. To acknowledge these two occasions, two commemorative trees will be planted: A Polish 150th Jubilee Tree and a Ukrainian tree.

As the number of attendees is limited to 80 persons, please RSVP by 7 May to the event coordinator:

Maria Nowak:
Tel: 0274 908 308
Email: maria@greenlitetravel.co.nz, or via Maria’s FB messenger.

The organisers welcome makers of Polish products like pierogi and cakes to sell at the event if they donate some of their profit to support Ukrainian refugees. For more details in this regard please contact Maria.

See you there!