Whakatu Marae and Founders Park celebrate Waitangi Day by holding the 'International Kai Fest' on the 6th of February every year. This vibrant festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. The event allows visitors to sample flavours from around the world, enjoying the diverse cultures which make up the Nelson community. Local families and groups run stalls selling kai and traditional crafts whilst visitors enjoy entertainment from a range of cultural performers.
During 'Kaifest' Whakatu Marae open its doors to the community of Nelson, offering visitors the an opportunity to experience the uniqueness of a powhiri. Visitors are able to view the inside the beautiful wharenui, Kaakati. If you have not been to Whakatu Marae and would like to take part in a powhiri, mark the 8th of February in your calendar.
If you are interested in running a stall please contact Carol Hippolite for more information.
Whakatū Marae is located between Founders Park and Miyazu Japanese Gardens. Office and services are located in the long building next to Founders Park, at the far end of the long veranda.