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CHATHAM ISLANDS FESTIVAL 04 MARCH 2017                               

Off the edge of time …. forty five minutes ahead of mainland NZ the Chatham Community Focus Trust are holding the annual Chatham Islands Festival on the 4th of March 2017 at the NKMR.

We can ensure you this is another Festival not to be missed.  With "The Noodles" making an Island comeback, our music entertainment will exceed your expectations.
Sports Suzie, the children's entertainer will keep your little ones and you amused again and again during the day as she changes character and wanders the crowds.
The "Den" will ensure you have refreshments that compliment the cuisine and culture of our Iocal chefs on the day.

Please contact the Chatham Islands Festival Organiser Erin Tuanui on 033050137 or for further information or if you are wanting to hold a stall.

Note: Accommodation bookings for the festival are filling up fast so if you intend visiting for the weekend 04 March 2017 please make your bookings soon.
For available accommodation and rentals currently please contact:
Hotel Chathams - rental cars only 033050048
Accommodation  -  Oscar & Katrina Nilsson at Chatham Islands Camping and Cottage   -
Accommodation -  Chris Morrison at Ultimate Hideaway  -

Accommodation -  Marcel Tuuta  at Nairn B&B - 03 3050233

The 2018 Festival is on Saturday March 10, please make your bookings now to avoid disappointment.




Flights to and from the Island contact Air Chathams on 033050209 





The Chatham Islands Yacht Club Fishing Tournament is held on the 1st and 2nd of January each year and has been running since 1990.

The 1st January is shore fishing only and the 2nd January is boat and shore fishing.

There are various catagories in the tournament such as heaviest gropher, blue cod, first fish landed for the day, heavienst moki off the Waitangi wharf and more.

Spot prizes, lucky draw and BBQ also make up this fantastic 2 day tournament.


In 1931 eleven young men sailing from Kaingaroa to Owenga to play rugby lost their lives to the sea in a freak accident. This game is played in their honour each year by the young and old.

It is not a game for the faint hearted, it is a game played with pride and passion of any provincial match.

The teams are sorted by residency. If you live in Kaingaroa or have associations with that community you are in.  The rest are from the four corners of the island, including Pitt Island.

This match is usually played in the 2nd term of the school holidays.


In 1873 the settlers on the Chatham Islands decided that it was time they had a racing club so in 1924 the Chatham Islands Jockey Club was formed.

A book of rules were printed, taken mostly from the rules of the Auckland Racing Club.  These stated that the object of the club was the improvement of the breed of horses on the island and so far  kept the view that imported geldings are not allowed to race.  The idea was to encourage the importation of well-bred sires and had the desired result.

Today the annual race meetings are held on the 27th and 31st of December each year and also a picnic race day which is usually held on the first weekend after New Years.  Since 2007 the First Five Pacing Club have combined with the gallops.

This is a great day for locals and visitors to get together and enjoy the festivities.

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