Busy Roads Today with Tangi & Soundsplash

Additional traffic management will be in place at the Raglan one-way bridge heading towards the Soundsplash main festival site, with an expectation of increased traffic arriving for both the tangi and the festival between 9am - 11am.
The community has been saddened by the recent passing of iconic local, kuia Marleina Te Kanawa (nee Rickard), whose tangi will be held at Poihakena Marae, 216 Wainui Road, Raglan on Friday 19th January.
The tangi will start from 11am with traffic management in place outside of Poihakena Marae between approximately 12pm - 2pm to allow for the funeral procession. Approximately 800 people are expected to attend the tangi.

Soundsplash had been hoping for less traffic congestion this year after they put on buses direct from Auckland and Hamilton to the festival site but the timing of the tangi just as festival goers are arriving in Raglan is expected to cause considerable traffic congestion.

Soundsplash festival organiser Brian Ruawai said:
“I would like to firstly acknowledge Marleina Te Kanawa and her contribution to our local community. On behalf of the whole Soundsplash team, I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to the whānau.”
“We know that this sad and unexpected event will potentially cause delays for some Soundsplash attendees. As an organisation, Soundsplash is firmly committed to our local community, our local iwi as well as to supporting kaupapa Māori. We are working closely with the iwi and the whānau to honour the tangihanga process and we request in advance some patience and grace from Soundsplash attendees who are adversely affected by the additional traffic management being put in place for the tangi.”
Message from the whānau:
“He aitūa!
“Tērā te uira ki runga o Karioi, o Hikurangi, o Rangitoto-ki-te-tonga. He hiko i te rangi, he roimata i te whenua. He tohu aituā kua riro te pou o te whānau, arã ko MARLEINA R (Hinekahukura AKA Naani) TE KANAWA nee RICKARD. Funeral service for Marleina is Friday the 19th at 11am
“Marleina's whānau would like to acknowledge that this is the start of the annual Soundsplash festival and are grateful for understanding of all involved.
“We acknowledge that there will be a slight delay to attendees of Soundsplash due to the Rickard whānau funeral procession leaving Poihakena Marae at 12.15pm to head to Te Whaanga/Whale Bay.”


Please keep an eye on Soundsplash social media for any updates and delays over the weekend and we recommend planning your travel earlier if you need to cross the one-way bridge, to accommodate potential delays. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and are grateful for everyone's patience and understanding.