The Rangitāne Ahurei is a celebration of all things Rangitāne. It is a three-day festival hosted by each of the iwi runanga and is an opportunity to whakawhanaungatanga (meet other iwi members), compete against each region in various sports and cultural events like debating and kapahaka. It is also an opportunity to learn the history of each takiwa (tribal region) and visit their sites of significance.
The last runanga hosts were Rangitāne o Wairarapa who hosted the event at Wairarapa College over the Wellington Anniversary weekend – 16-19 January 2015. The Ahurei had whānau from Manawatū, Tamaki Nui-ā-Rua and Wairarapa celebrating our Rangitāne culture, whakapapa, and kōrero.
A photo gallery of the event can be found here on the Rangitāne Tū Mai Rā website.
Before that Rangitāne o Wairau hosted over Labour Weekend 2012. Over 200 members from around the motu attended and enjoyed the beautiful Marlborough region.
The first Ahurei was held in Manawatu and hosted by Rangitāne o Manawatu in 2009 followed by Rangitāne o Tamaki Nui a Rua in 2010.