2020 Puaka Matariki Festival Funding Round OPEN!

Ehara ehara: the 2020 Dunedin Puaka Matariki Festival Contestable Grants funding round and Event Registration period is now open!

This year, the Festival will be from Monday 13 July to Sunday 26 July.

The event registration and funding application period will close on Friday 1 May at 5pm. Late entries will not be accepted.

While Aotearoa Niu Tīrene is in Level 4 isolation against the spread of COVID-19, we are seeing the real benefits of heeding the lessons our tūpuna have passed on, for our survival: be mindful of the whole community’s welfare, adapt, and share knowledge. This is the spirit of our midwinter festival of wānaka and whanukataka in action.

We don’t know yet how we will be able to come together to celebrate the Māori New Year in July. In the meantime, you and your whānau and friends may have some great ideas for a different kinds of Puaka Matariki Festival wānaka me whanaukataka than we usually experience. Think about Level 2 or Level 3 scenarios and all that modern tech we’re presently relying on for virtual huihui, perhaps. Karawhiua!

You can register your event here, and apply for funding here. Be sure to read the Guide before you do. And if you have any questions at all about how your event idea fits the Festival event criteria, or the submission forms, email or call during ‘normal’ work hours – the contact details are in the Guide ☺️

Kia pai tātou ki a tātou, ā, noho ora mai rā ki a tātou katoa.