One year on from the 2019 Whakaari eruption we remember the lives lost and acknowledge the efforts of many during the tragedy.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, with the support of the Whakatāne District Council and Māori Television are facilitating public commemorations at Mataatua Reserve and live broadcast of the event.
11.35 am Te Kura o Te Paroa Kapa Haka
12.20 pm Ngāti Awa Pakeke Kapa Haka
1.00 pm Māori Television Livestream of Whakaari He Rā Whakamaumaharatanga official proceedings from Mataatua Wharenui.
- Karakia and welcome
- Ngā kōrero whakamaumahara – Speeches of remembrance
- Messages from whānau
- Wā Whakamaumahara – One minute silence
- Ngā Mihi Aroha – Reading of acknowledgement
- Karakia whatamutunga
2.30 pm Livestream concludes
Whakaari He Rā Whakamaumaharatanga will also be broadcast live from 1.00pm on Māori Television on Freeview Ch5 and Sky Ch19. We will be also be hosting the Livestream on this site.
• Workplaces, places of worship, clubs and organisations are encouraged to join together in whānaungatanga to watch the live broadcast of the official ceremony from Mataatua Whare.
• Or gather at the public event at Mataatua Reserve, Muriwai Drive to view the livestream.
Councils pay respect
In observance of the Whakaari Anniversary, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Whakatāne District Council, Kawerau District Council, Ōpōtiki District Council and Tauranga City Council, will lower flags at their offices on Wednesday, 9 December. Some are also making provision for staff and elected members to gather together to experience the live broadcast.
Whakatāne District Council
Council business will halt between noon and 3pm on Wednesday 9 December but Customer Services staff will be available at a reduced level.
Te Kōputu – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre and Te Whare Taonga ō Taketake – will be closed from noon to 3pm. Whakatāne i-SITE will be closed all day.