Tuku 23 Whakatū is a collection of community-focused events celebrating Whakatū’s unique and diverse cultural heritage. Multiple organisations and community groups run their own events with support from Council. This festival will take place in March/April 2023. Events must have a focus on heritage through stories of people and place and be open to the public. We are looking for a broad range of event ideas from Nelson’s incredibly vibrant and diverse community. Surprise us!

Running your own Tuku 23 Whakatū event

The Tuku 23 Event Host Information Pack has information about the event and funding criteria. See 2022’s programme and the Tuku 22 Whakatū Heritage Month report and a collection of films from last year's festival for some inspiration!

Complete the Event Host/Listing Registration form below once you have your idea and you think it will suit our criteria. You only need to fill in the grant application section of the form if you are asking for financial support.

Alternatively, to support Te Ao Māori ways of working, you can simply reach out to Tom Ransom Arts and Heritage Adviser to book a kanohi ki te kanohi session to discuss your project. See Tom's details in the Contact us section.

Registrations for Tuku 23 Whakatū have been extended to 5pm 31 January 2023. Grant applications lodged prior to the original deadline of 8th January will be considered and allocated first. Any extension period applications received, will be looked at on a first come, first served basis.

Tuku22 Group looking into the distance