Ka Toi Maori o Aoraki


It’s FLAVA festival time again. The day when education settings from Mid and South Canterbury come together to celebrate Te Ao Maori and showcase their knowledge with performances of KapaHaka, Performing Arts and Visual Art displays.

FLAVA will be held at the Caroline Bay Hall on Thursday 7 July.

The day will begin with powhiri at 08:45 am and with a full day of performances will close with prizegiving at approximately 5:30 pm.  The day is longer this year to accommodate additional schools and participation.

Aligned to Te Wiki te Reo Maori – the theme for FLAVA this year is ‘Manaakitanga’. 

The concept of Manaakitanga is about making people feel welcome when they are in our company and how we give regard to and care for others when hosting visitors. This is a golden opportunity to think of all the ways you can act positively in your community and utilise the language and practice of manaakitanga to do so.

As FLAVA is entering its 5th year we are getting excited that schools are participating and building momentum in the festival. Can Bluestone School back up last year’s performance in the junior section of Performing Arts? Can Mountain View High School maintain their high standard of performance in the senior section of the KapaHaka?

Contact for further information

Trina Markland (021 660 329)/Andre Konia  (021 270 1990), Project Managers – Kia Piki te Ora


Role of Kia Piki te Ora: (Maori Suicide Prevention).

Kia Piki o te Ora is a Ministry of Health all-age suicide prevention project for the strengthening of Māori well-being. He Oranga Pounamu previously managed this project as Kia Piki te Ora o te Taitamariki, which had a Māori youth focus. Since 2006 and aligned to the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy Kia Piki te Ora also include Māori adults.

Trina Markland is the Project Manager for Kia Piki o Te Ora. The Project Manager’s role has been instrumental in assisting community groups to organised well-being programmes and events, such as: kapahaka, marae noho and taiahawananga.

Arowhenua Whanau Services is the umbrella for the Kia Piki team in South Canterbury.