This is the inaugural year of the Taranaki Pirate Festival, an annual mardi-gras style event designed to raise funds for charity while having heaps of fun in the process!
Why have a Pirate Festival you may ask? Arrr, it be a little hard to say exactly why, but as many people around the world have discovered, acting and talking like a pirate is easy and great fun.
Landlubbers will sail to Puke Ariki Landing on Friday 22nd September at 12.30pm where all things piratical will be celebrated with a variety of activities taking place to suit pirates of all ages – check out our Calendar of Events. This is your opportunity to talk like a pirate, dress like a pirate, have your very own pirate name, buy an eyepatch and bring out the buccaneer within!
Your official eyepatch gives you access to the various events on the day as well as directly raising funds for the charity. Eyepatches cost $5 and will be available for sale from Monday 28th August from several local Pirate-friendly businesses. Check our Distributor List to find a stockist near you!
The festival is being organised by New Plymouth West Rotary and is based around International Talk like a Pirate Day, an established international event which takes place annually on September 19th.
The theme for Pirates day is Health and Safety in the workplace, in schools, homes and in all aspects of life.
Funds raised go into a 'Treasure Chest. In 2006, Treasure chest beneficiaries will be individuals who have suffered from severe accidents causing significant permanent disability.