Help raise cash for Taranaki Retreat at WOMAD pop-up festival says NPDC

13 March 2018

NPDC is bringing together WOMAD NZ organiser TAFT, First Gas, More FM, Energy City Hyundai and Police to raise vital cash for the Taranaki Retreat.

New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom and councillors will add the sounds of sizzling sausages to the cool tunes from WOMAD artists at a free pop-up festival tomorrow at the Puke Ariki Landing.

Four barbecues run by NPDC, Energy City Hyundai, More FM and the Police will feed music lovers and money raised from the sizzle will go to the Taranaki Retreat. 

“All those involved were delighted to help out,” says Mr Holdom. “We wanted to do our bit to raise cash for a social worker at the Taranaki Retreat and raise awareness of the fantastic job they are doing. 

“A huge thank you to TAFT, councillors and community board members and all those who wanted to make this happen. This fundraising event fits so well with the spirit of WOMAD and the idea of the city centre being a cultural and community hub where our people come together.

“Let’s get out there, enjoy some music and food and show our support for the Taranaki Retreat.”

The WOMAD pop-up festival will feature artists Nano Stern, Spooky Men’s Chorale and The Curious Game as well as Zumba dancing and was organised by NPDC’s See it in the City and WOMAD NZ.
The event runs from 11am to 1.30pm with sausages ready about 11.30am. First Gas has agreed to sponsor $1,000 to cover the costs of sausages and bread. 

Taranaki Retreat co-ordinator Jamie Allen says they were thrilled with the support for the community facility from NPDC, TAFT, the Police and local businesses. 

“This awesome event expresses how committed our community is to making a difference where it is most needed,” says Mr Allen. “We’re looking forward to sharing in the cooking and spreading the word.”

To find out how to donate to the Retreat, which provides a sanctuary for families dealing with tragedy and difficult times, head to

New Plymouth is host city for WOMAD, which runs from Friday to Sunday, and this is the 14th year the iconic festival has been held in Brooklands Park.