The Matariki Dish

News from Devonport's Business Improvement District Manager, Toni van Tonder

Tēnā koe e hoa, ka haere koe ki te Takarunga.

This month in Devonport, we’re celebrating Matariki in one of the best ways possible, with the sharing of great kai, native flavours and pairing this with wonderful New Zealand wine. 

Wild Pork with smoked eel, beetroot, watercress & kawakawa - If your mouth just started watering then you’ll want to celebrate Matariki with us. 

Between 22-30 June five of our leading restaurants, Vic Road Kitchen, Vondel, Hemingways, Dixie Browns and Devon on the Wharf will be serving spectacular dishes using native flavours and locally sourced ingredients to herald the start of the Māori new year in Devonport’s first ever, Matariki Dish. 

If you’re anything like me, you may find it difficult to choose which restaurant to go to, so we’re making it even simpler with our exciting Matariki Progressive Dinner that will see you and your friends literally travelling from restaurant to restaurant to try a smaller version of each Matariki Dish. 

In the progressive dinner, every dish will be paired with a suitably matched New Zealand wine or cider and following a Matariki Dessert at Dixie Browns, you’ll receive your own Horopito and Caramel Chocolate Matariki Star from Devonport Chocolates.  

Tickets, which can be bought by visiting, are very limited with 30 available on Tuesday 3 July (starting at 6pm) and an additional 30 available on Tuesday 10 July, starting at 7pm so book yours quickly and raise a glass to new beginnings with us this Matariki.

Noho ora mai – Stay well, and see you in Devonport. 


Issue 88 June 2018