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Tuku 23 Whakatu – Six Weeks Of Exciting Events

Whakatū Nelson’s treasure trove of stories is set to be explored through Tuku 23 Whakatū, a collection of events, shows and activities that canvas the unique cultures, people, art and tales of our region.

The word “Tuku” was gifted to Council in 2021 and means “to share” or “exchange” in Te Reo Māori. It is an expression of our unique stories, histories and heritage, and reflects the value of biculturalism.

This year, Tuku 23 includes more than 50 events and takes place over six weeks, starting 19 March.

Nelson City Council Group Manager Community Services Andrew White says Tuku 23 is an opportunity for learning.

“Tuku 23 gives our community a chance to experience the diverse stories that weave together to form Nelson’s past and, in doing so, offers a chance for us all to deepen our understanding of our city, our community and our heritage.”

Tuku 23 begins with a celebration of the many cultures that call Whakatū Nelson home – the Multicultural Festival.
Taking place on 19 March at Founders Heritage Park, visitors will be treated to an around the world trip by way of food, musical performances, dance and activities.
From there, a range of choices await. From harakeke flax weaving, through to vintage machinery displays, scavenger hunts and cemetery tours, there is something for everyone.

Events in the Tuku 23 calendar include:
• The Histrionics at Melrose: Enjoy a fabulous Melrose Cafe two-course meal and be entertained by Melrose House stories brought to life by popular drama group, Histrionics.
• Sri Lankan New Year (Avurudu) Celebration: Sri Lankan New Year is the time for a range of festivities, with unique customs and rituals to seek blessings for the year ahead. Share in the traditions, sweet delicacies, songs, performances and take the opportunity to participate in traditional New Year games.
• Maungatapu/Moketapu Hīkoi – Ngāti Kuia – He iwi Karakia, he Iwi Pakohe: Walk with Ngāti Kuia Kaitiaki Taiao
and Pakohe carver Ruihana Smith up to the Rush Pools as he shares kōrero about Ngāti Kuia and our connection to Pakohe found in the area.
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