Puanga on a Plate

Puanga on a Plate image.

Puanga on a Plate is a vibrant food festival that celebrates Puanga Matariki with a delicious twist.

This event is a culinary journey where local restaurants are showcasing their creativity by crafting dishes that resonate with the themes of home, family, and identity.   It's an opportunity for the community to come together, share in the abundance of food.

From traditional kai to contemporary fusion, each dish tells a story, connecting diners during this special time of reflection and celebration.

Two esteemed judges have the exciting role of selecting the inaugural winner of this year's competition.  The winner of the Judges award will receive a beautifully crafted local trophy, granting the winning restaurant ultimate bragging rights. 

Voting for the People's Choice Award closed on Tuesday 25 June 2024.  

The recipients of both awards will be announced on Thursday 27 June 2024.

Don't miss your chance to help decide who takes home the honours!


Below is a map showing the participating restaurants.  Click on each restaurant icon to read about their dish and when the dish is available. 

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List of participating restaurants

Meet our judges!

Hosts of the hit TV game show ‘Lucky Dip - On the Road’ and hosts of the hit brekky radio show ‘e ara e mara’.  They’re also avid foodies and Luke is a trained chef. 

Photo of the Puanga on a Plate event judges. Marcia Hopa on the left and Luke Bird on the right.
Our judges: Marcia Hopa (on left) and Luke Bird (on right).


  • Friday, 31 May 2024 | 09:00 AM - Sunday, 30 June 2024 | 09:00 PM