Topic: Sundaise Music Festival (2012)

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The Sundaise Music Festival is to be held on March 10-11, at Dickey Flat near Waihi. It is a two day music festival of emerging local and top New Zealand artists.

Organisers of this family friendly, cultural event believe Sundaise will prove a great place to renew the region’s festival spirit.

“We wanted to work together to create a new event for locals, something unique, a platform for emerging and established local artists to showcase their talent”, says co-founder and Mount Maunganui local Rachael Stanway.

Headline acts include The Nomad, touring on the back of his sixth album of delicious Kiwi beats and Paddy Free from Pitch Black fame.

Joining the talented line-up with more than 24 hours of music and performance art will be Mount Maunganui locals, Herm Dub bringing their fat beats, The Deeds, The Elements and Dub Down Deluxe. Alongside them one of Whakatane’s most known and loved performers, Tait Kora, Waihi Beach locals The Twisted Daisies and many more.

“Sundaise is a gathering of close friends and good people, enjoying good music in beautiful surrounds,” says co-founder Ben Holwerda of their shared vision to evolve Sundaise into a boutique festival.

Images from last year’s Sundaise festival.

Although tickets are limited this year, community support for the event will ensure the organisers can continue to grow the event in this region, while the inclusion of sustainability, as a core theme will ensure that as the festival continues to grow it does so from a sustainable foundation, one that treads lightly on its natural surroundings.

Fun for all ages at the Sundaise festival (2011) 

So whether you want to learn how to make mozzarella cheese or Putangitangi (traditional Maori musical instruments), practice yoga or discover more about seed-saving and worm farming there will be something for everyone, including fun for the kids with workshops and activities, ranging from storytelling and games to bush-craft.

For more information check out the Sundaise Festival website or join them on for ongoing updates.

by Pete Morris (February 2012).

Pete Morris is an occasional painter and an art lover. He has a particular interest in promoting the arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

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Sundaise Music Festival (2012)