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Major community events

These are events in Motueka that are held regularly and involve a wide cross-section of people. Information within each event may include records of past events and/or plans for the next one, depending on the time of the year right now and when the event took place or will take place.

Arts Council Winter Workshop

Every year the Motueka Arts Council run a series of arts-related workshops during the winter months, usually between mid-July and September. It's an opportunity to learn new skills while helping the winter days to hurry past faster. For current information go to the Arts Council page »

Welcome to the Godwits

Motueka celebrates the return of the godwits from Alaska, usually late in September. Every year the birds come to the Motueka Sandspit and Estuary to spend the summer in our area.

A&P Show

The A&P Association runs it annual show during the first weekend of December each year, with the day for the public being Sunday. The event showcases everything from preserves and cheeses, baking and handcrafts, through to goats, poultry and equestrian. Children and adults alike enjoy the animal nursery, original Merry-Go-Round, and the numerous entertainment and trade sites. Vintage machinery, dog trials, highland dancing all feature as popular attractions. For current information go to the Show web page »

Starlight Parade

The Starlight Parade is usually held on the first Friday of December. The parade begins at SportsPark Motueka and runs north along Talbot Street, turning into Pah Street and then south down High Street to the New World carpark. The event is organised and supported by Our Town Motueka, with the help of several sponsoring businesses. View photos from the 2010 event, the 2011 event, the 2012 event, and the 2013 event.

Motueka Kai Fest

This signature event for Motueka was first held in Decks Reserve in April 2017. The purpose of the event is to celebrate that the Motueka area grows great food, thanks to outstanding water, soil, climate, and people; bring together the Motueka community of many cultures to learn more about and honour one thing which we all have in common - kai; work with other community groups and food industries to showcase in a celebratory fashion the foods which are grown in the Motueka area and the people and businesses that grow, harvest and process them; and encourage people, both local residents and visitors to the region, to think more about the importance of local food resilience and sustainability. Read about the 2017 event here.

Motueka Volunteers Awards

This event began in 2013. It is organised by Vision Motueka, and celebrates Motueka's own volunteers. People active in volunteering are nominated by the groups within which they work, and ten are chosen to receive small awards in the Sunday afternoon ceremony in Memorial Hall. The event is normally held in October. Read about the 2013 event here.

Community Christmas Dinner

St Andrews Uniting Church and Vision Motueka organise this annual event, held on Christmas Day from midday into the afternoon. It is provided mainly for people who would otherwise probably spend Christmas on their own, and families who find it difficult to afford a Christmas dinner of their own. The diners are served by a large team of volunteers. Read about the 2013 event here.