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Welcome to the official website for New Zealand’s


Waitangi Day, Monday 6 February 2017

Porirua City

Te Rauparaha Park & Arena, & Pataka

The Porirua Festival of the Elements® is held on Waitangi Day and attracts crowds of more than 30,000 visitors who enjoy a superb programme of arts and culture.

The Festival of the Elements® has been run for the past twenty five years by the Porirua Community Arts Council Inc, a registered charity, in alliance with Ngāti Toa Rangatira.  The Festival uses the arts to celebrate the cultural diversity of Porirua, made possible by the Treaty of Waitangi.  The elements of earth and air, fire and water embrace concepts of significance to all cultures, concepts around which we can all unite. Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti rejoice together on Waitangi Day by way of the arts.

Click on the image below to hear why the Festival of the Elements in Porirua is one that thousands of New Zealanders choose to attend:

Festival of the Elements 2016Overview of the 2016 Festival:

The following items were on the programme, with something for everyone:

  • Art, Music, Poetry, Kōrero, Circus, Food, Culture, Skatejam,Fun & Games

A few of the fantastic performers and writers at Festival of the Elements® 2016:

  • The Eggs, Eb & Sparrow, Gary McCormick, Zane & Degge
  • Elena, Virtuoso Strings, Sam Manzanza Afrobeat, Nikau Ensemble - Flute & Strings
  • The First Smile, Mandy Hager, Apirana Taylor

Waitangi Day Festival 2017 will have silver lining!!

Porirua’s Waitangi Day Festival of the Elements continues to grow and 2017 will be its silver anniversary, marking 25 years since the first event. To take the Festival to a whole new level next year, the Porirua Community Arts Council is formally joining forces with the Porirua City Council.

“The Arts Council is delighted to be able to announce a formal partnership with Porirua City Council. We’ve worked together in formal and informal ways in the past, and this move solidifies and builds on that relationship,” said Arts Council Chair Judy McKoy.

>> Read all about it here

Meanwhile programme planning is well underway, and stalls registrations are being received now.

Contact us very soon if you wish to be considered for either- spaces are limited.

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Any Queries? Get in touch with the Festival team by emailing:

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DONATE NOW to the Festival of the Elements®

This Festival continues to be a non-profit ongoing event, organised by the Porirua Community Arts Council. Because of generous support from sponsors, entry is still free.  If you would like to help us keep the event free, please consider donating to our Give a Little page - we really appreciate your support.


>> View the Festival of the Elements® Statement of Values.

“I have been involved in many festivals over the years, but I wanted to put on record that the Festival of the Elements® was the most relaxed, enjoyable and best organised of any.”

- Gary McCormick, Christchurch.

Bookmark this site to keep up to date with all the latest developments for the 2017 Festival of the Elements®.