By Brenda Chilvers, Te Hā Pūkenga Manaaki (Stop Smoking Navigator)
Māori culture was celebrated in Wairau with children and adults taking to the stage to perform at Taiopenga. Te Piki Oranga took to the stage with performances from Noho Pakari Tū Kaha (Sit & Stand Strong) Wairau kaimahi (staff), supported by a very sharp performance from Whakatū whānau.
An annual event that has been going for more than 30 years Taiopenga provides an opportunity to showcase Māori performing arts with lots of waiata and kapa haka. The festival, held at the Clubs of Marlborough, in Blenheim, was spread over two days and a night to fit in all the performances from kindergartens, schools and organisations.
Participation keeps growing and is set to only get bigger with the inclusion of rōpū from Whakatū and Kaikoura.