TUKI Festival is run by a non-profit group by the name of Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc, with the SouNZ part reflecting our pride in the quality of Kiwi musicians and their music. Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated was set up in 1997 and saw ten fabulous festivals held at the Rippon Vineyard under the name Rippon Festival. You were probably there. Or in your mama's puku.
If you were a part of the very first TUKI Festival, you'll know why
musicians and music-lovers alike arohaluvamour (translate: dig)
the new site and all it has to offer. As the manager of The Black Seeds
& The Phoenix Foundation so eloquently put it: "Holy F%&$#!
It's even better than the last site. I thought that was impossible.
Now here's a few suggestions for next time..."
Profits made from all festivals go directly back into future events,
music education and the Wanaka community. Since the first festival
in 1998, more than $125000 has been put back into supporting
music, youth, and the environment within the region, plus other parts
of Oceania during particularly yukko times.
The first ever TUKI was held on Feb 10th 2018 and featured Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Aaradhna, Marlon Williams, The Phoenix Foundation, Maala, Anika Moa, The Shambles, Anthonie Tonnon, Phoebe James, Connor Moore, Pango and Tapz.
In 2020 the beautiful land hosted The Chills, Tami Neilson, Alien Weaponry, TrinityRoots, Anika Moa, Sea Mouse, Chelsea Jade, The Peacekeepers, Holly Arrowsmith, Benthamism, Lola, Mild Orange, DJ Blakeblake, DJ Kahu, Hannah White, Panther Claw and Tiki Taane
Our Guiding Ethos: te wahi te iwi te waiata = the place, the people, the music