Photographs in main slides courtesy of Geoff Marshall.


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Welcome to the official website for New Zealand’s


Waitangi Day, 6 February, Porirua City

Te Rauparaha Park & Arena, Aquatic Centre & 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.

On Saturday 6 February 2016 we returned to Te Rauparaha Park, Porirua, and the outstanding facilities - Te Rauparaha Arena and Pataka Art + Museum.  The day started with an opening ceremony at 11am, with a wide range of FREE arts and entertainment programmes continuing through until 5.30pm. 



The Festival of the Elements® is run by 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


The Festival of the Elements® is proudly presented by the Porirua Community Arts Council (Inc) in alliance with Ngāti Toa Rangatira. It can be provided free of charge because of support received from the following:

Major Sponsors

  • Porirua City Council
  • Mana Community Grants Foundation
  • Wellington Amenities Fund
  • Wellington Community Trust
  • Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • New Zealand Community Trust
  • Pub Charity
  • Ministry of Health Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme
  • Creative Communities Porirua
  • Kapi-Mana News

We thank all our Sponsors very much.

>> View list of additional sponsors

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.


There are 3 community groups who enable us to deliver a safe festival to the community.  They are Porirua Community Guardians, Titahi Bay Lions Club and the Maori Wardens.  Thank you to you all!


We work hard to make the Festival of the Elements® a Zero Waste event!  To register as a stall holder at the  Festival you must make a commitment to use only recyclable or compostable food packaging and minimise the waste produced by your stall.   Watch this space for current Stallholder information.


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


“I do not hesitate in endorsing the fantastic event that is our annual Festival of the Elements® on Waitangi Day, The Festival encapsulates all that is Porirua, the talent, the diversity, the creativity and the raw community spirit that makes up our city.

Attracting significant crowds to our City that enjoys the range of Arts  and cultural entertainment , along with the diversity of foods and other entertainment,  we see this as Porirua’s signature event..."

- Nick Leggett, Mayor of Porirua City.
“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 2016 Festival of the Elements®.