Portage Crossing Family Festival to honour traditional Tainui waka route

By Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne

Portage Crossing 2016 is a free family event that will take place this Saturday at Māngere Bridge.

There will be a range of musical acts at this event.  Local rapper Savage will be taking the stage, as well as Dei Hamo and John Rowles, just to name a few.  Whenua Patuwai will also be performing, making his comeback to the music world.

But this isn’t just a music festival.  The annual event is held to educate the community about the route taken by Tainui Waka when they discovered and named the Manukau Harbour and Māngere.

On top of the musical line-up, people who attend can enjoy free children's rides and a variety of stalls.

There will also be waka ama races to revive the ancient route now known as the Portage Crossing

Manukau Urban Māori Authority has supported and helped to run this event since 2012.

2016 marks 24 years since the first regatta was held, and has since seen growing support from the community with over 5000 people turning out last year.

Portage Crossing 2016 will kick off at 11.30am February 13 at the Māngere Bridge waterfront reserve.