The 24th year of the festival looked to encourage participation more than competition and was held at the Ngata Memorial College in Ruatoria with the help of 29 sponsors, including Trust Tairawhiti.
The top marae this year were Tuatini in first place, Hinemaurea ki Mangatuna in second and Hinemaurea ki Wharekahika in third.
The festival included events and activities such as tennis, wearable arts, Euchre (card game), chess, horse sports, line dancing, pool, running races and relays, a team parade, touch rugby, kiorahi, darts, basketball as well as 20 other events..
One of the aims of this year’s Pa Wars was to decrease the diversion of waste to landfills from last year’s 50 percent to a new aim of 70 percent with the festival’s motto being, “working towards zero waste”.
Pa Wars goers were encouraged to do this through bringing their own re-useable water bottles, plates, containers and utensils and each marae was given a mixed recycling bin to use during the event.
The 22 marae represented were Awatere, Hinepare, Hinemaurea ki Wharekahika, Hinerupe, Hinemaurea ki Mangatuna, Hiruharama, Iritekura, Kariaka, Matahi o te Tau, Penu/Pahou, Pikitanga, Putaanga, Te Aowera, Te Horo, Te Poho o Rawiri, Tikapa, Tuatini, Whangara, Whareponga, Paerauta, Te Heapera and Reporua.