Celebrate the Māori new year with Anika Moa at Palmy's Puanga Festival

Published on 16 May 2024

Image shows people gathering around the colourful light poles, with screens and stages at background

We’re gearing up to host our iconic Puanga Festival on Friday 28 June, at Central Energy Trust Arena’s Pit Lane.

Together with Rangitāne, we’ve planned an awesome lineup of food, retail and activities for tamariki, along with local bands, kapa haka, and the incredible Anika Moa who will be bringing her iconic voice and soulful sounds to Palmy.

Mayor Grant Smith anticipates even larger numbers this year.

“Last year we had around 7,000 people attend our festival, and we know that this year it’ll continue to rise. This is becoming one of the biggest highlights in our annual event calendar, and we’re pulling out all the stops to make this year’s event unforgettable."

One of the highlights will be the performance of the well-known Kiwi singer-songwriter, musician, and television personality, Anika Moa.

Another highlight of this year’s festival will be the Star Walk installation.

"As people enter the grounds, they’ll be able to walk through a stunning lighting display of the Matariki constellation and Puanga star. Eight LED lighting sculptures will adorn the night sky, showcasing the beauty of the Māori new year," added Mayor Grant.

And let's not forget about the food! From hāngī to hearty roast dinners, there will be something to satisfy every craving. And as you browse through the bustling community stalls, you'll discover a treasure trove of unique crafts, goodies, and services just waiting to be explored.

More information about performances and vendors will be added to our website in the coming weeks.

What does Anika Moa think about Matariki?

"Matariki is the most special whānau and resetting time of the year for me and I can't wait to be amongst the celebrations in Palmerston North! We can sing, laugh, cry and remember those who have passed - our tipuna. See you there e te whānau!"