Northland KauriFest 2007 targets Australia and builds on regional cornerstone events 

July 27, 2007
Northland KauriFest 2007 targets Australia and builds on regional cornerstone events

KauriFest, Northlands regional festival, has announced a three week program of activities in September that will feature cornerstone events in four parts of the region.

Supported by Enterprise Northland and Destination Northland, Northlands KauriFest is the first New Zealand festival in the Whats on in New Zealand Spring Festival Campaign being marketed by Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) to overseas travellers, targeting the Australian market in particular.

KauriFest 07 will be launched in Whangarei on the weekend of September 7 to 9 with attractions that will appeal to both Northlanders and visitors to the region.

Whangarei, as the capital of Northland, will kick start KauriFest, with recreation and sporting events, music, cuisine, art and cultural activities organized for the weekend, KauriFest event coordinators say.

Details are still being finalized for some of the draw cards of that weekend.

As well as two major events planned in the city on Friday and Saturday, other activities will be occurring at the Town Basin, Heritage Park, A.H. Reed Park, Mt Tiger, the Library and the Old Library Arts Centre on Sunday, September 9.

Kaipara, the Kauri Coast, is the focus of KauriFests second weekend with events scheduled in Mangawhai, Matakohe, Paparoa and Dargaville.

Then KauriFest focus turns to Hokianga for September, 21 and 23 with a range of arts, music, cultural and heritage activities planned to celebrate the diversity of that area.

The Festival culminates in Paihia on the last weekend of September with Taste Bay of Islands. This will showcase Northland produce and specialist foods on the Saturday with an event featuring indigenous canaps in the evening.

Kauri past present and future is the theme of this years festival. Organisers say there will be be something all Northlanders can relate to and be proud of in KauriFest 07.

There is a run of interesting events planned for the Region including -

Environmental Expo From Aug 4 to Aug 5 at Russell Town Hall, York Street, Russell

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Then there is the Mega Surf Polar Bear Surf-riding Classic Aug 4 to Aug 5.

The event has a long tradition in New Zealand and this year has five divisions contested from the open men and women through to the juniors, over 40s and a longboard division. It is hosted by North Coast Boardriders.

Paparoa Wearable Arts 2006 winner Penny Goodall
Paparoa Wearable Arts 2006 winner Penny Goodall

The 1st NZ Community Circus Convention is from Aug 17 to Aug 19. Circus Kumarani - NZ's First Community Circus hosts the 1st NZ Community Circus Convention. It is a three day program promising workshops, shows, forums network opportunities for all ages and abilities.

The Historic Northland Cruise is from September 13 to September 18. It is a 5-day voyage of discovery, on board a tall ship exploring areas of significant historic interest.

The Great Boar Hunt is from September 21 to September 23. The Great Boar Hunt is the cash richest wild boar hunting tournament in the far north and will be hosted this year by ex All Black, rugby 7's and TV personality (Treasure Island, Maori TV), Glen Osborne.

KauriFest puts  variety on the table
KauriFest puts variety on the table
Foodies home in on treats
Foodies home in on treats
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Tasty time
Mangawhai Tavern Sculptures by local artist Carver
Mangawhai Tavern Sculptures by local artist Carver
Tane Mahuta at twilight on Footprints Waipoua adventure
Tane Mahuta at twilight on Footprints Waipoua adventure