Tāiko Festival - Return of the Westland Petrel Festival

May 1, 2020
Punakaiki

The return of the Westland Petrel festival has been made to celebrate the Westland Petrel. A bird which returns from South America to Punakaiki once a year to breed.

Two years after wowing Tāiko Festival audiences at the boutique Punakaiki event, Kiwi music legend Tiki Taane is coming back, joined this time by Shapeshifter vocalist PDigsss.

Taane jumped at the chance to come back to the family-friendly festival, with his good mate PDigsss. The two will both perform as individuals, and together in the beautiful Untamed Natural Wilderness of Punakaiki on Saturday 2 May (at the Punakaiki Beach Camp, to be exact).

Christchurch reggae-influenced One Waka, Greymouth big band Not Just Jazz, street poet David Merritt, accompanied by musician Justine Francis, and Punakaiki poet laureate Trev Hayes make up the rest of the line-up.

The Tāiko Festival was started six years ago to mark the return of the tāiko to nesting sites just south of Punakaiki.

As well as the music event, it includes a beach parade and talk by local bird specialist Kerry-Jayne Wilson on the Friday night at McMillan’s Beach, followed by an open mic night at the Punakaiki Beach Camp, the native tree planting, yoga on the beach in Punakaiki (or at the beach camp undercover if wet), a community market on the village green at Dolomite Point, and kids’ activities.

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