FEBRUARY 16 - 17 - 18 2018

Waitara War Memorial Hall


George and Jocelyn Tuahine decided it was time Taranaki held a Country Music Festival. Planning for the February 2018 event has been underway for some months now. Join us on our journey to make this a successful event that we hope will become an annual event.  On 29th July, 30th September and in November we are holding fundraising nights - our first one in June was enjoyable and well attended. As well as fundraising they are also building awareness of the festival. Attending the festival will be overseas artists as well as our own top notable New Zealand artists, the plan is also to encourage up and coming artists.

For more information and booking tickets

contact us by Phone or email

Jocelyn & George Tuahine

06 7548383



Refer to our Facebook page for further information



Food available to purchase in the Hall, 

Lots of Stalls inside  including Rawleighs, Western Jewellery, Western Apparel Gear, from the States, real fruit ice cream,  and lots more  



Security will be on duty for motorhomes and cars, controlled hours.

Waitara shops best Country and Western theme,

People will be busking outside shops in the main street on Friday. 


Why not stay on for a few more days after the festival and watch the Americarna cars come into Taranaki and line up in the main street of Waitara.


Sponsors   -

George & Jocelyn Tuahine 

Carol & Dave Digby - Eastern Taranaki Experience 

Char & Joe Martin

Hinga Harris

Avril Williams 


Gail Russell 

Myra & Brian Dunn

Riverside Country Music Group ( Waitara )

Merrilands Country Music Club

Paul Nickson ( studio88 Stratford ) 

Mitre 10 Mega - New Plymouth Branch 

Future Grafix 

Cafe Green Door - New Plymouth

Hair by Kylie

Mako Jones - Master Weaver

Corlett Trucking - Stratford

Palmers Garden Centre - Cafe Botannix

Miriam & Scotty Rodgers 

Lorraine & Brian Andrews

Brenda and Gavin George

Jo Jones and Lindsay Berquist

Jeff & Margaret Davison 

Anzco - Waitara

Waitara Central School 

100% Waitara Appliances 

Waitara Post & Lotto

Waitara Harcourts

Waitara Pharmacy

Ruakiwi Gardens



Tickets are selling now, contact us or buy them on Event Finder            


Weekend Pass: $40.00   per person 

Friday only      $15.00   per person

Saturday only  $25.00   per person

Sunday only    $  5.00   per person

Campervans / Caravans / Buses / Tents can camp in school grounds across the road from 10am Friday til Sunday,Toilets will be open 24/7,  non powered sites only 

Register for a site $10 parking for weekend at info@taranakifestival.co.nz and book your tickets.


Weekend Programme                    

Friday 16th February 

11.am  Busking in Main Street of Waitara  the town is getting behind this event and dressing up their shops in country style, they will be judged on the best country and western looking shop walking distant from hall and motorhome parking.

4.pm   Jam Session 

6.45pm  Square Dance Performance

7.pm  Featured Artists Friday Showcase


Saturday 17th February

9.30am - 12.00pm - Open Mic Walk up Concert  

12-30pm - 6.30pm -  Invited Artists 

7.00pm - Featured Artists Saturday Showcase 


Sunday  18th February

9.30am - 3.00pm Open Mic Walk up Concert,  



Sound Equipment provided and operated by Keith Murch




Laura Downing  -  Australia (Multi award winning champion yodeller )                         

Dennis August  - Mount Maunganui

Raymond Solomon - Little Waihi 

Cooper's Run  - Matamata  - 2010 Crowned New Zealand Country Duo of the Year at the National Country Music Awards

Keith Pereira - Auckland

Shaskeen Reel - New Plymouth




George & Jocelyn Tuahine - Waitara 

SpellBound  - Waikato - sponsor

Avril Williams - Tauranga - sponsor

Gail Russell - Wellington  - sponsor 

Joe Martin - Urenui - sponsor

Maree Wheeler - Eltham 

Shamika Hoeta - Eltham

Les Swete - Waitara

Bev Gardiner  - Inglewood

Robbin Durbin - Te Aroha

Jade O'Brien - Matamata

Zara Buckton - Hamilton

Doug Erutoe - Tokoroa

Tegan Reid - Tauranga

Shaun Ryland - Auckland

Craig Robertson - Thames

Lynda Innes  - Tauranga

Kevin Tappin - Matamata

Kay Tappin - Matamata 

Phillip Reade - Whakatane

Rae Carton - Napier

Nigel Wilding - New Plymouth

Cliff Whitmore - New Plymouth

John King - Te Awamutu

Allan Dennis - Hamilton

Ivan Broughton - Cambridge

Alan Hessell - Hastings

Keinan Ngapo - Tokoroa

Luana Karl - Rotorua

Dave Ewart Jnr - Auckland

Anna Tukuitoga - Pukekohe

Carylann Martin - Kapiti

Cazna Thompson - Wellington

Jazmine Tilyard - Auckland

Rupert King - Auckland

Lindsay Berquist - Stratford 

Jo Jones  - Stratford

Aileen Silver - New Plymouth

Bridget Jones - New Plymouth

Connie Jones - New Plymouth

Wyatt Jones - New Plymouth

Waylon Jones - New Plymouth

Loretta Jones - New Plymouth