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Whitianga Summer Concert Announces Huge Lineup For 2020!

Greenstone Entertainment has hit a milestone, it's 10 years old! To celebrate this anniversary in style they have announced they are bringing 5 massive acts to Whitianga as part of the Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday 26th January 2020.

With music spanning the decades, from the late 60s through to early 2000’s, the 2020 line up at Whitianga Summer Concert will star BILLY IDOL, GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS, ANASTACIA, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED and SMASH MOUTH. All of the artists will be bringing their unmistakable hits as part of their Whitianga concert!

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Countdown to A Taste of Matarangi Festival

Foodies and music lovers purchase your online tickets quick and get ready as we are on the countdown to A Taste of Matarangi on the 6th April! This years music programme offers a fantastic line up of four popular New Zealand music acts including The Monroes, Lock & Load, Loou'ana Whitney and Crimson Coast.

A Taste of Matarangi music, wine and food festival

Festival organisers recommend that you come to the festival ready to groove.  Also bring an empty stomach so you can sample everything from the fabulous food stalls! The festival programme runs from 10am until 4.30pm and includes live performances from the talented bands who will get you up and dancing on the Village Green. 

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International Music Acts Arrive In New Zealand

It’s only just over a week away until Whitianga will come alive to the sounds of the annual Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday 27th January (Auckland Anniversary Weekend). Get your friends and family ready for a great day out!

Whitianga Summer Concert 2019 -Toni Childs, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, James Reyne and Mark Seymour formerly Australian Crawl and Hunters and Collectors

The international acts headlining the tour have started arriving in Queenstown for the Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert on Saturday the 19th, the first of three shows to be held across the country. The tour then heads north for the sold out Taupo Summer Concert on Saturday 26 January, followed by the Whitianga Summer Concert on Sunday 27 January (Auckland anniversary weekend)

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Whitianga Summer Concert 2019 Artists Announced!

Greenstone Entertainment Ltd. has announced the artist line-up for the annual Whitianga Summer Concert Tour for Sunday 27th January 2019.

Whitianga Summer Concert 2019 -Toni Childs, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, James Reyne and Mark Seymour formerly Australian Crawl and Hunters and Collectors

Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting Whitianga in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour. The concerts will feature Supertramp's Roger Hodgson - James Reyne and Mark Seymour formerly Australian Crawl and Hunters and Collectors - and Toni Childs. All of the artists will be bringing their unmistakable hits as part of their Whitianga concert!

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Countdown to A Taste of Matarangi Festival

A Taste of Matarangi food, wine and music festival has been a favourite event for friends and family, young and old to attend each year on the Coromandel Peninsula. This years programme of musicians, demonstrations, food and beverage stall holders are guaranteed to offer a special day out on the Matarangi Village Green!  Foodies and music lovers get your tickets quick and get ready as we are on countdown to A Taste of Matarangi on the 7th April!

A Taste of Matarangi has a fantastic line up of local talent and live bands that will be playing right throughout the day.

We are really excited to be able to bring A Taste of Matarangi Festival back to Matarangi for its 6th year.  Each year it just gets better and all proceeds from the day will be donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Kuaotunu Search and Rescue.

Bronwyn Ririnui, Event Coordinator, Taste of Matarangi Committee

A Taste of Matarangi Festival

Festival organisers recommend that you come to the festival ready to groove and with an empty stomach so you can sample everything. The programme for the A Taste of Matarangi includes live performances from talented bands including The Munroes, Daughers of Ally, Wilde Taylor and Gemma Louden and Mitchell Power of the Mercury Bay School band . Guaranteed for the day are some great tasting food, wine & beers. Included in the culinary line up on offer is seafood paella, mussel fritters, pork belly tacos, wontons, Asian style prawns, burgers, Hungarian fried bread, sausage sizzle, white bait fritters, scallop & bacon rolls, French crepes, Spanish churros, real fruit ice cream, smoothies and lots more to discover.

A Taste of Matarangi Programme 2018

A Taste of Matarangi festival offers a full days programme to enjoy from 10am until 4.30pm.   Scheduled for the day are live bands, cooking competitions and demonstrations, raffles and charity auctions and local wine and food stalls galore. For the full festival programme times go the A Taste of Matarangi website.

  • The Mercury Bay School Acoustic Duo, Wilde Taylor, Daughters of Ally and The Monroes,/li>
  • Te Rerenga School children's cooking competition and Seafood demonstration
  • Great ATOM Cook Off
  • Charity auction and raffle
  • Food and beverage stalls

View Programme And Get Tickets

For ticket information, artist bios and full programme information about the festival go to the A Taste of Matarangi website or go to our All About Whitianga What's On pages

Whitianga Summer Concert 2018

New Artists Announced For Summer Concert

Due to a serious family illness George Thorogood & The Destroyers will no longer be able to perform at next year's Summer Concert Tour. Greenstone Entertainment, promoters of the upcoming sold out Summer Concert Tour, have today confirmed two new artists as part of the annual Whitianga Summer Concert Tour for Sunday 28th January 2018.

In a statement from George Thorogood & The Destroyers management, “Due to a family illness, George Thorogood and The Destroyers will be unable to perform at the upcoming Summer Concert Tour. The Summer Concert Tour will proceed as planned. We sincerely appreciate the support of our loyal fans during this difficult time.”

Greenstone Entertainment are pleased to announce that taking the place of George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be The Orchestra starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

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A Taste of Matarangi 2018 Tickets On Sale

The date for the annual A Taste of Matarangi festival on Saturday 7th April 2018 is set - and tickets are now on sale!

The festival has all of the favourite elements that makes this a standout event to attend on the Coromandel Peninsula. Located in the picturesque seaside village of Matarangi at the Village Green A Taste of Matarangi offers a day for friends and family to enjoy delicious seafood, local produce, fine wines, craft beers and crowd pleasing entertainment. On top of all that the event has to offer it is also a major local fundraising event to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service and Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue.

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Whitianga Summer Concert 2018

Whitianga Summer Concert Artists Announced!

Greenstone Entertainment Ltd. has announced its exciting artist line-up for the annual Whitianga Summer Concert Tour for Sunday 28th January 2018.

The concerts will feature George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Alanis Morissette and Colin Hay of Men At Work fame. All of the artists will be bringing all their unmistakable hits as part of their Whitianga concert!

At the Whitianga concert you will be able to enjoy the hard driving powerful rock and blues of George Thorogood & The Destroyers, the multi-talented and one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music- Alanis Morissette, along with the unmistakable voice and lead singer of one of the most successful Australian Bands - Colin Hay of Men At Work.

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Beach Hop Returns to Whitianga 23rd March

Beach Hop has captured the imagination of the young and old for many years on the Coromandel Peninsula– and this year is lining up to be no exception. Car enthusiasts and rock and roll lovers get ready as the Beach Hop Repco Beach Party returns to Whitianga on the 23rd March!

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New Zealand Children’s Day – Te Ra O Te Tamariki

Children’s Day has been running since early 2000, and this Sunday 6 March is national Children’s Day.  The purpose of the day is to provide a specific date in the calendar to encourage us all to take some time out as families, carers and friends to celebrate the children in our lives. 

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International Volunteer Day – Cheers Volunteers!

You probably know someone who volunteers, or you are a volunteer yourself. Saturday 5th December marks International Volunteer Day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the many volunteers in our Coromandel communities and to say, “cheers volunteers”.

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Preventing Mediterranean Fanworm in Coromandel Waters

Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii) is an invasive species that poses an imminent threat to the waterways of Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay. Currently the Fanworm is prolific in Auckland and has also taken hold in a number of other North Island regions.

Preventing Mediterranean Fanworm in Coromandel Waters 

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Commemorating James Cook in the Mercury Bay

On November 3 in 1769 Lieutenant James Cook arrived in His Majesty's Bark Endeavour in the Mercury Bay and observed the transit of the planet Mercury. Fast forward into the future and November 2019 will mark 250 years since he stepped ashore.  Across New Zealand and Mercury Bay planning is underway to commemorate this sestercentennial. There will be a range of events in Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay to celebrate Captain Cook's visit to the area.

Commemorating Captain James Cook in the Mercury Bay

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New Zealand Conservation Week

It’s Conservation Week and the Department of Conservation theme for this year is “Healthy Nature Healthy People”. The week aims to get New Zealanders into the natural environment and to be more aware of the link between a healthy natural environment and their own health and wellbeing.

Project Kiwi Kuaotunu

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