Press Release October 2020

Our world is facing extraordinary challenges right now and those opportunities when we gather and connect as a community are very precious. With continued restrictions on gatherings and events and the uncertainty of how long the issues with Covid-19 will last the committee for the A Taste of Matarangi festival have made the decision to cancel the 2021 festival.

The committee which is made up of volunteers take months to plan and prepare for the festival which is why they are having to make the decision now. They are hugely proud of the event but the very real possibility is that they cannot host this event within the restrictions or potential changes around public events. The committee have found it a difficult decision to make knowing that it will be a huge disappointment to everyone involved.

We are incredibly grateful to all the sponsors, artists, stall vendors, volunteers and community groups whose support enables us to deliver this very successful event. We also feel for our local business community who will be impacted by this cancellation.

To our loyal and passionate audiences, when we come through the challenges of Covid-19 we will once again be ready to come together as a community to celebrate another festival with you, when the time is right.

We thank you for your support and understanding! 

Your Festival Team

A Taste of Matarangi - Cancelled for 2020

The Government is taking action based on global effects of the coronavirus also known as COVID19.  As the virus has already hit our shores preventative action is required. As organisers of this event we have a lot at stake and our first priority is the people and their health & well-being. Our volunteers, musicians, stallholders, patrons and stakeholders make up this event and we do not wish to the put people who attend or who are working in an environment of close social contact, at risk. Based on the Government’s announcement this afternoon, the committee wish to announce A Taste of Matarangi festival will be cancelled for this year. The organisers have spent months preparing for this event and are devastated to make this announcement. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

TICKET REFUNDS

The A Taste of Matarangi organising committee have decided to offer a refund for the cancellation of the 2020 festival due to COVID-19. We feel this is the right thing to do even though tickets are normally non-refundable. The committee are trying to make this process as simple as possible.

For online purchases – you will receive an email advising of the refund process.
For tickets purchased from Whitianga I-site - please return your tickets to the I-Site for refund
For tickets purchased from Richardsons Real Estate in Matarangi – please return your tickets to Richardsons office directly or by post with the following information detailed on the back of each ticket:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone No.
  • Bank account No.

Tickets will be refunded by bank transfer only. If we do not receive your request for a refund by 30th of April, your ticket will be gifted to the event charities. For any further queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We look forward to making plans for next year’s festival which is to be held on 10th April 2021. We thank you for your support and understanding.  As you will appreciate it is beyond our control.

Warm regards,
The A Taste of Matarangi Committee

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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.

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All About Whitianga
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Creative Fuel design/print/web

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

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Pipers Cafe Matarangi

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