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Celebrating and exploring the stories of Whakatū Nelson – Tuku 2024

Whakatū Nelson’s treasure trove of stories is set to be explored through Tuku 24 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 24 includes just under 100 events and takes place over six weeks, starting 24 March.

Andrew White, Group Manager Community Services says Tuku 24 is an invaluable opportunity for learning.

“Tuku 24 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.”

The opening day of Tuku 24 includes a celebration of the many cultures that call Whakatū Nelson home – the Multicultural Festival. Taking place on Sunday 24 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 chances to dig into your own ancestry, fatal fashion from the past, the art of horology, guided walks, tea tasting, concerts and woodworking, there is something for everyone.

Events in the Tuku 24 calendar include:
The Ki Ngāwari Kapa Haka Club’s anniversary show, 50 years in the making
The Nelson Institute Presents: Nelson’s Autobiography in Buildings. A presentation and talk by architect, author, and artist Christopher Vine
Ram Navami Shobha Yatra – Join members of Nelson’s Indian community as they sing and dance their way through the central city in a blessing procession
Waka tours aboard the Hinemoana – Te Toki Voyaging Trust will be sailing the waka hourua Hinemoana to Nelson Marina, offering public waka tours and activities.
Visit to learn more. The full programme of events is out now and is available online at, at Council’s Customer Services Centre and the Nelson Public Libraries.

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