Rakahanga Manihiki Cook Islands Culture Association performance group at last summer’s Positively Pasifika Festival
Highlights include the much-loved Gardens Magic concerts, the lively Positively Pasifika Festival, Te Rā o Waitangi, and the Bowl-a-Rama International Skate Competition. We have also added some fantastic new events.
The festival kicks off on New Year’s Day with a picnic at Waitangi Park featuring Trinity Roots and Vanessa Stacey. There’ll be food stalls and barbecues to use, along with activities and competitions for the kids.
There are two special children’s events at the Botanic Garden. The Big Top will be a circus-themed afternoon of juggling, hula hooping and music, while the Teddy Bear’s Tea Party will feature face painting, crafts and a performance from Amiria Grenell.
Twenty-four fantastic acts will play at the beautiful Botanic Garden Soundshell in January, including local legends the Warratahs, and rising stars the Modern Māori Quartet.
Gardens Magic is all about Wellington talent - from Dixieland jazz to Afro beat, from a Beatles tribute band to Orchestra Wellington - there really is something for everyone.
On Saturday 18 January, the Positively Pasifika Festival at Waitangi Park will rock to the sound of Rosita Vai and Bella Kalolo. And it’s not about just sitting in the audience - there’ll be dance workshops, hula lessons, tivaevae demonstrations, a film tent and food stalls.
Bowl-a-Rama is back at Waitangi Park and will see international skate stars competing for the largest prize pool offered in New Zealand skateboarding. The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest professional skateboarding event - it includes a week-long festival of exhibitions, performances and parties.
In February, Te Rā o Waitangi is a chance to see some stirring kapa haka and a line-up of hot Māori musicians, including all-female a cappella sensations Whiri Tū Akā and New Zealand legends Herbs. There’ll be kiwiana and Māori kai to try, as well as crafts and kids’ activities.
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