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Matatriki Whanau Festival by Whangarei District Council

Matariki Whanau Festival - Annie Crummer

Saturday, 30 June 2018 - 10.00am to 2.00pm
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Events / Christmas Festival

The annual Whangarei Christmas Festival is being held on Saturday 9 December at Toll Stadium.

More info to come.

What to bring and what not to bring

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our patrons, entry into Toll Stadium is subject to a number of terms and conditions. For this particular event we are relaxing some of the items allowed into Toll Stadium particularly around food and beverage.

You may bring into the Stadium:

  • Any beverage such as water, soft drinks and juice with the exception of alcohol, Thermos flasks, Sandwiches, fruit, chippies, cakes etc, Chill bins and picnic baskets - These items should only be taken on the field. Please do not take them into the grand stand or terrace seating, Chairs, Prams, strollers or pushchairs - These items should only be taken on the field. Please do not take them into the grand stand, terrace seating or embankment 

You may not bring into Toll Stadium:

  • Alcohol, Glass bottles or cans, Takeaways such as McDonald's, Subway & Pizza, illicit Drugs, Flares, fireworks, laser pointers, No high visibility type vest or jackets as these may be confused with security or emergency services staff, No Gang Patches

Glow Products

Glow products are available for sale at the venue including flashing Santa hats, rings, necklaces, foam sticks and bracelets. Prices are reasonable and you should bring cash for these items.

Parking & Traffic Management

Places to park include Cobham Oval, and the surrounding streets of Toll Stadium including Porowini Avenue, Okara Drive and Port Road.

A drop off zone is situated on Okara Drive outside the Stadium. Vehicles cannot park here.

Disabled Parking & Access

Disabled parking is available inside the Toll Stadium car park (entry by permit).

Access into the Stadium is via Gate A or Gate B. Wheelchairs can be taken on to the field and there is specific seating on the ground level at each end of the main grandstand.

St John

On site for the duration of the event, located at the town end of the stadium near the South West floodlight pole.

Salvation Army Community Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree is a symbol of the spirit and joy of Christmas and this year we are delighted to be working with the Salvation Army again to help them work towards their Christmas Hamper day by encouraging people to bring a gift along to place under the tree.

The Salvation Army, Whangarei, every year give out approximately 250 Christmas hampers to families who are struggling for a number of reasons. This is over and above a normal food parcel. The hamper contains a Chicken and vegetables for Christmas dinner, chips and dips, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks, and treats such as chocolate biscuits and nuts.

Along with the hampers The Salvation Army also give out Christmas presents to each of the children of the families concerned. This they are able to do each year through the generosity of our community.

The Salvation Army say their greatest needs are Christmas puddings, jellies, fancy biscuits, lollies/chocolates, potato chips/ nuts, onion soup, reduced cream and tinned fruit.

Presents for teens are also an area they are sadly lacking in. Especially for 13-15 boys and girls.

Please feel free to bring a gift along to the Christmas Festival to place under the tree if you are able to.


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Christmas Festival 2011 – 8 December, Barge Showgrounds, Whangarei

Voices sing joyfully

FESTIVE MOOD: The Whangarei Primary School helped create the mood at the Christmas Festival.Lindy Laird | Friday, December 9, 2011 16:00 Advocate

FESTIVE MOOD: The Whangarei Primary School helped create the mood at the Christmas Festival | MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

Well, Hello Sailor ... The classic Kiwi band was bigger than Santa for some fans at the Christmas Festival in Whangarei.

But, as always, the jolly fat guy in a red suit proved a bigger hit with young ones at Barge Park Showgrounds last night. He also upstaged the rockers by arriving in a sleigh, surrounded by dozens of elves and fairies.

The Christmas Festival attracted a crowd of more than 10,000, and the fun included crowd-mingling theatrics from the loony fringe of local entertainment - such as naughty elves, contortionists, fire dancers, gorgeous stilt queens and stilt maidens, and a couple of cheery coppers with enough baubles and tinsel on their uniforms and police hats to decorate a Christmas tree.

Before Santa and Mrs Claus made their much anticipated arrival just after 8pm, on the stage cheerleaders threw themselves into things, the band Kurfew got the crowd rocking, Zumba dancers shook and shimmied, young singers and a primary school-aged "reggae poet" entertained in the Star Search talent quest, and little angels and pixies from Whangarei Primary School choir sang carols.

After Mrs Claus flicked the switch that lit up the park's big Christmas tree, Hello Sailor lit up the night with classic Kiwi music.

Three generations of the Pol family enjoyed the festival. Grandparents Jean and Loef Pol, from Holland, are on holiday for Christmas with their son, Coen, daughter-in-law, Miranda and their two children Brendan, 6, and Nyree, 4, who live in Whangarei. "It's wonderful. It has such a good atmosphere," Mrs Pol snr said. "In Holland, it's snowing right now. We do love having a summer Christmas here."

The gates opened at 5.30pm for the Whangarei District Council's free Christmas Festival, with ample parking in the showground and Heritage Park car parks and at Pompallier College.

While everyone who went had a great time, people who normally might not have such a festive Christmas will also reap the rewards of the community's generous spirit. The event provided a venue where people could drop off donations, food and presents for the Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal.

"The best part is seeing the little kids bring the presents up. It's been very well supported," Whangarei Salvation Army ministries director Pete Mullenger said.

"I take my hat off to the council for coming up with the concept."

Project Promise collection organiser Maylene Butler, who with supporters had greeted people as they arrived, said the same.

"People have been very generous. A young family with two little kiddies just gave us $10," she said. "Children have been putting money in. It's surprising and heart-warming, the amount of support young people give." 


Photo Gallery / Christmas Festival

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Live entertainmentFun for all agesGreat kiwi musicSanta and Mrs Claus
Great turnout this yearSanta and his sleighSinging AngelsChildren’s Choir
Butterfly GirlFace PaintingMoreFM CrewMain Stage and Crowd
Live Screen ActionChristmas FairyTwo FairiesMeet the fairy