A range of New Zealand musical talent was showcased at Glendhu Bay Station last Saturday, February 8. Tuki Festival hosted performers on the main and forest stages throughout the day, alongside food stalls and a well-used waterslide.
For assistant director Josephine Gallagher, the event was a great success. “It was a sunny day, and all the kids and families had a really nice time listening to a bunch of music,” she said. Commenting on the sense of community both in the crowd and backstage, she added that Tuki “was a chance for Kiwi musicians to catch up. Some bands keep coming back every year.”
Returning artists Trinity Roots, The Chills and Anika Moa were joined by first-timers like Chelsea Jade, Mild Orange and Wellington-based band Sea Mouse, on the release tour for their new album Tropical Fish. “It was the best festival we’ve ever played,” said drummer Thomas Friggens. “It had the production standards of a city festival, but in Glendhu Bay.” The group received a huge response on social media to the event’s “epic” setting.
Focusing on climate-positivity, Tuki 2020 aimed to achieve a 95 percent waste diversion rate through initiatives like reusable cups and hay bale toilets. Pending official figures, recycling manager Sonata McCleod stated that “this year’s event was our most sustainable to date. It takes the whole village to create positive change.
“We are grateful to our partners and supporters of Tuki for being environmentally conscious and as focused on keeping Wānaka beautiful as we are. Patrons happily brought with them keep cups from previous years, and put waste in the allocated recycling bins. Our food vendors left no trace.”
“And the wee stage was well-used!,” added director Lynne Christie.