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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Tauranga residents are invited to a three-day festival of music, arts and sustainability held on private farmland deep in the heart of the Waikino Valley in Waihi next month.

Sundaise is a three-day festival of music, arts and sustainability, with 60-plus acts, free camping, free workshops and an awesome kidszone on March 10-12.

The 60-plus acts over three stages will include Pitch Black, Laughton Kora, Bailey Wiley, K+Lab, Otautahi Allstars, The Nudge, Yoko- Zuna, International Observer and special guest Te Radar plus much more.

Curious Carnival Tales will be the theme for the Sundaise Ball on Saturday, March 11, at the extraordinary festival.

The theme brings to life the vision of creative director Rachael Stanway, who says Curious

Carnival Tales was chosen to evoke and inspire people’s imaginations and a sense nostalgia and celebration.

Rachael says the theme gives the Sundaise Family – AKA the attendees – a broad spectrum to interpret for their festival costumes.

“Think bright colours and carnival. You could dress up as a character from your favourite childhood story, draw ideas from movies like ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ and ‘The Labyrinth’ or take inspiration from old school or modern circus and traditional European carnivals.

 “We really encourage people just to let their imagination go with this theme and interpret it however they want.”

The creative director believes the injection of revelers in costume is what really brings the festival to life. “You can really connect with people, especially if you dress up, because everyone always adopts an alter ego when they’re in costume and all your inhibitions suddenly go out the window.

“Our face painters will be back again so if you’ve got an idea that includes some face painting then you can go and discuss it with them. You will need to book though as they are always super busy,” says Rachael.

The Sundaise Ball theme ties in with the overall styling of the festival, which will include a new forest walk with mirrors and light installations, brightly coloured art, sculptures, light installations and an overall feeling of exploring a curious carnival.

“Everything will be very bright and eclectic,” says Rachael. “There will be lots of interesting things to look at as well as chill-out areas where people can enjoy drinks and nibbles with friends like our lounge suite in the forest, which will be surrounded by beautiful lamps and lighting to create a special chill-out zone.”

Rachael says this community-based event on March 10-12 offers a unique atmosphere where families, friends, young and old, “collide into a big melting pot of fun and creativity”.

With sales limited to 1000 people, tickets are expected to sell out soon. For more information and to buy tickets, visit:

The Weekend Sun has two single tickets to give away to two lucky readers who can tell us the theme of this year’s festival?

Enter online at under the competition section. Entries must be received by Wednesday, February 22.


Competition Results

Congratulations to the Winner!


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