Each year, A Taste of Matarangi Festival strives to give back towards charitable causes that benefit the community. Since its inception, the festival has raised $90,000 to it’s benefactors through fundraising initiatives and donations.

For the 2020 event, the organisers will be supporting Kuaotunu Search & Rescue (KSAR) and Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust (CRHT). We are pleased to have them on board, as they both work together to help save lives on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Kuaotunu Land Search & Rescue (KSAR)

Land Search & Rescue

Kuaotunu Land Search & Rescue (KSAR) are the people who go out into the bush and remote areas all hours of the day and night looking for lost persons; they work alongside the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust service. The group runs on a professional basis and members are highly trained.


Rescue Helicopter

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and crew is based in Whitianga over the summer period and holiday weekends to service the whole of the Coromandel region. The Trust's objective is to have a Rescue Helicopter based permanently in Whitianga.

To date the Coromandel Helicopter Trust (CRHT) has been successful in securing significant funding to establish the 20m x 14m hangar and four-bedroom crew base next to the Mercury Bay Aero Club airfield.

The CRHT is also working with the Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue team and have sub-leased an area next to the hangar for the establishment of their new base building.

Please make a donation to support these charities when purchasing tickets online or at the 2020 event.

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Join us to celebrate the eighth A Taste of Matarangi festival on the 4th of April 2020.

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Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors! Without the help of our sponsors, this event would not happen. The following businesses are sponsoring the event and we are thankful for their support.


All About Whitianga
More FM
Creative Fuel design/print/web


Puku & Kerres
Coastal Signs
Jenna James Photography
Matarangi Rate Payers Assciation Inc
Coromandel Life
The Matarangi Beach Paper
Holistic Health


Pipers Cafe Matarangi