Whakarewarewa and 12 Days of Christmas

Here at Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village,  we love Christmas!  So, to get in the holiday spirit, we thought we’d remake the Christmas classic, The 12 Days of Christmas and give it an extreme makeover, Whaka styles.

Here’s our version, featuring our team, whanau, hangi pies, our Tama the Pukeko, Pukepoto The Pukeko, corn on the cobb, the famous Te Pakira Cultural Performance group – and more!

If you’d like to sing along, here’s the words. Enjoy – and Merry Christmas from our whanau to yours.

The Whaka 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Five hangi pies
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the six day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Six oil baths
Five hangi pies
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Seven Corn of cob
Six oil baths
Five hangi pies
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eight Haka performers
Seven Corn of cob
Six oil baths
Five hangi pies
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Nine flax flowers
Eight Haka performers
Seven Corn of cob
Six oil baths
Five hangi pies
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Ten pois a twirling
Nine flax flowers
Eight Haka performers
Seven Corn of cob
Six oil baths
Five hangi pies
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eleven guides a singing
Ten pois a twirling
Nine flax flowers
Eight Haka performers
Seven Corn of cob
Six oil baths
Five hangi pies
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve Penny Divers
Eleven guides a singing
Ten pois a twirling
Nine flax flowers
Eight Haka performers
Seven Corn of cob
Six oil baths
Five hangi pies
Four walking tracks
Three steaming geysers
Two pounamu
And a pukeko fed by Ramari.

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  • "One of the best trips I have done. Well done and thanks to all living there for making us feel so welcome."
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