DCC ‘blown away’ by big crowd for Matariki event

The Dunedin City Council was "blown away" by the level of support for its Matariki event at the city’s waterfront, estimating about 20,000 people attended.

Council Maori, partnerships and policy general manager Jeanette Wikaira acknowledged the larger-than-expected crowds for Friday’s opening night posed some challenges, requiring additional speakers to be brought in for Saturday and Sunday’s shows, but said some minor teething problems could be expected at inaugural events.

Jeanette Wikaira.
Jeanette Wikaira.

“We estimate at least 20,000 people attended Mana Moana over three nights, and staff working on the ground received overwhelmingly positive comments from members of the public.

“It is the first time we have worked with mana whenua to deliver an event of this scale for Dunedin, and we are just blown away by the enormous support and huge crowds that attended," Ms Wikaira said.

More people turned up for the opening night than for the entire week Mana Moana was on Wellington’s waterfront, which was a huge vote of confidence from the Dunedin public, she said.

“We couldn’t be prouder to see this show take shape on our waterfront, and to see it received so wholeheartedly by our community. We can’t wait for next year.”

Some on social media complained about the large crowds on Friday making it difficult to view the projection, as well as sound issues, but others praised it as "stunning" and "astounding".

--  Staff Reporter





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