In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā during James Cook and the Endeavour’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuia – Encounters 250 will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the extraordinary feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

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Meet, Explore, Eat, Live Music & Lights

 - a huge, free public event

 

Saturday, November 23

  • 10am-4.30pm: Explore the flotilla vessels, meet the crew. Experience the wonders of the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow, visit a star navigation dome, learn about conservation activities. 

  • 3pm -8pm: Taste the best of Marlborough at Kete Kai Street Market, featuring traditional Māori ingredients and delicacies from other cultures.

  • 1pm -8pm: All day entertainment from bands including: H4LF CĀST, Rabbit Hole, a ni-Vanuatu band, Cass & Tee, Blenheim and Districts Highland Pipe Band, kapa haka groups and lots more.

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  • 8pm - late : Light Installation thanks to Interislander and Fly My Pretties FREE CONCERT, Picton Foreshore.

Some of our performers include.

H4LF CĀST

Tastefully mixing the new with the old, the H4LF CĀST crew create soulful Reggae/DUB grooves and dangerously bouncy Hip-Hop beats that will entrance the listener.

Entwining his ancestral wisdom, frontman, Nikau Te Huki, delivers powerfully conscious lyrics with a psychedelic, shamanistic twist - alongside Louisa Williamson, George Maclaurin, Keanu Te Kawa, Jason Rapana and Jo Jenkins, H4LF CĀST are here to create an interactive musical experience that the audience will NEVER forget.

H4LF CĀST have made a name for themselves in Wellington are are ready to bring their sound, soul and message to Picton in November to promote the revival of our shared Māori culture, to offer a refreshing point of view from the youth of today and to get the people GROOVING.

RABBIT HOLE

The musical collaboration of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sahn Bishop, drummer Bruce McGregor and Saxophonist/EWI artist Simon Williams.

They're from the Nelson area and have been playing shows around the top of the South over the past few years.
Every show is an adventure as they take you on a journey of high energy and soul.

Expect captivating melodies and dance beats, bought to you in various smooth and frenzied ways.

Come jump into the Rabbit Hōle.

MIDGE MCCLEARY & WRATTA DIDGERIDOO 

Grant Wratts (right) love of nature, music, laughter and working with wood has led him into playing, building & crafting his own didgeridoo's over the last 12 years.

The didgeridoo combines all three of these passions into a symphony of sound vibrations.

He will be joined by long time collaborator Midge McCleary (left) on acoustic finger-style guitar and together they will be creating an atmospheric earthy landscape.

CASS AND TEE

The newest duo in town went viral after posting a rehearsal video of their original song titled 'The Rhythm of melody.'

The Marlborough duo have made a name for themselves alongside various NZ artists and soon to be joining bigger names on bigger stages.

Cass and Tee represent a founded ‘kingdom' genre alongside pop, funk, rnb, soul, reggae, gospel and jazz.

CASS: The lead vocalist, beat maker and composer of original music, holds a number of titles in the film, media and music industries. The solo-preneur of three children has acquired an independent name in songwriting/screen writing and poetry. The artist is soon to record an EP and tour New Zealand through summer festivals to promote her music and unique sound.

TEE: The drummer, guitarist, bassist, pianist and music producer studied his way through contemporary music/sound at the Nelson School of Music with over 20 years experience. The co founder and manager of the six piece band 'One Step' is now teaching music therapy to help individuals express and heal themselves through creativity and music.

 
BLENHEIM & DISTRICTS HIGHLAND PIPE BAND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Established in 1984 with the aim of fostering Scottish music and traditions. In the ensuing 35 years they have taught many people the intricacies of playing bagpipes and drums. They have introduced many to the tradition of the haggis ceremony and to the delicacy that is haggis.


Two of the original foundation members are still active in the band today. The band is currently led
by Simon Kubala who has been in the role of Pipe Major for two years.

 

The band is very much a local, community band involved in events such as ANZAC Day and Christmas parades; but they also compete at pipe band competitions and contests when they are able to.


The band wears the Farquharson tartan.

 

New playing, learner or social members are always welcome. Practices are Thursday from 7pm at The Foundry, John St, Blenheim. Contact Blenheimpipeband@gmail.com

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