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RATS - AOTNZ names top Regional Arts Touring awards

RATS - AOTNZ names top Regional Arts Touring awards

Every year Arts On Tour NZ sends Kiwi musicians and actors around the country, bringing top talent to quality town and country venues from Northland to Invercargill and sometimes Stewart Island. We get to know our venues pretty well, and this year decided to name winners in the inaugural Regional Arts Touring awards (RATS) - selected by popular vote from touring artists and staff.


Best overall venue (Top Gig) – The Mussel Inn, Takaka
Award takes into account hospitality, technical assistance, promotion and social media support, general vibe. Mussel Inn staff make our artists welcome with log cabin accommodation, great food and ale, plus technical and promotional support. Andrew and Jane Dixon are tops for 2017.

Best theatre venue – Tokoroa Little Theatre
For seating, sightlines and ambience
Honourable mention – The Playhouse – Mapua

Best music venue – Royal Wanganui Opera House
“…although intimidating with its 800-seat auditorium, has a wonderful sound system and lighting guy.” – Andrew London

Manaakitanga Award – Puketeraki Marae, Otago
“Lots of venues went the extra mile for us, but no one quite did it like Puketeraki Marae with cooked kai before and after the show and a lovely mihi whakatau as we arrived…We discovered in many small towns there is not even a garage open to buy a pie post-show” – Moana Maniapoto

Best individual community presenter – Anne Daniel, Westland Arts Hokitika
Years of dedication and loyalty - utterly reliable.

We are grateful to all our venues for their support, and look forward to more contact in 2018.

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