New Tuki music fest for Glendhu
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.
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Sticks ‘n’ Stones members Tamara Hansen, Courtney Smith, Molly Redican, Abby Golden and Christie Grocott.