New Tuki mu­sic fest for Glendhu

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Wanaka’s Rip­pon mu­sic fes­ti­val is start­ing afresh in 2018 with a new name, Tuki Fes­ti­val, and a new lake­side site at Glendhu Sta­tion.

Lake Wanaka SouNZ or­gan­ised the first Rip­pon in 1998 and ran 10 fes­ti­vals at Rip­pon Vine­yard be­fore tak­ing a break af­ter 2014.

The not-for-profit group es­tab­lished by Lynne Christie and as­so­ciates has fo­cused in­stead on cre­at­ing the suc­cess­ful an­nual mu­sic in­dus­try sum­mit YAMI, in Wanaka, now in its third year.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Lynne Christie said the time was right for a new lo­ca­tion.

‘‘It has been an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege work­ing with the Mills fam­ily, but the vine­yard fo­cus is un­der­stand­ably wine and wed­dings, which we fully ap­pre­ci­ate,’’ she said.

Rip­pon’s Nick Mills said see­ing the emer­gence of New Zealand tal­ent ‘‘has been a to­tal joy’’ and his fam­ily wished the group ev­ery suc­cess in cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary.

Glendhu Sta­tion farmer John McRae said the site was ‘‘per­fect’’.

‘‘We can’t wait to share the land with the com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors,’’ he said.

MORE INFO: tuk­ifes­ti­val.nz

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Sticks ‘n’ Stones mem­bers Ta­mara Hansen, Court­ney Smith, Molly Red­i­can, Abby Golden and Christie Gro­cott.

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