Matariki, the Māori New Year is on the horizon and for the first time, our country will be able to join together to celebrate as this Friday will be a public holiday for it. We have rounded up a few event highlights on the Matariki calendar with a variety of things for everyone to get amongst including a special digital artist showcase, a storytelling audio play, Fresh Movement revisits MĀUI, Christchurch Art Gallery’s Māori moving image exhibition, and Rob Ruha performing with the APO. 

Mauri Tau

Mauri Tau is a unique storytelling experience that you can be involved with from anywhere. This work is from director and writer Scotty Cotter who has teamed up with sound designers Fran Kora and Matt Eller to produce this audio play which aims to encourage personal introspection. Listeners are encouraged to plan a hikoi (walk) to connect with their outdoor environment at dusk or dawn for the full immersive experience. Book your listening session during their Mataraki season (until 17th July) via Silo Theatre.

Purapura Whetū – Stars Of Matariki

Jump onto TVNZ on Demand and TVNZ’s Tik Tok channel this Friday (24th June) at 9pm to catch the special digital event, Purapura Whetū – Stars Of Matariki. The line-up includes Six60, Drax Project, Hollie Smith, Kings, Riiki Reid, Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha & Ka Hao, and Theia/TE KAAHU singing tunes in both English and waiata te reo Māori. Mark this in your calendar so you can log online to catch this!


Fresh Movement’s Māui piece has been refreshed for this week’s show, presented by Pacific Dance Festival and Auckland Live. The group will take the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre stage for one night only (23rd) to share stories that have travelled throughout the Pacific for hundreds of years – you’re not going to want to miss this one, tickets are available from Ticketmaster. We recently spoke to the show’s director and choreographer Hadleigh Pousei who gave us a behind-the-scenes look at it.

Māori Moving Image ki Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Christchurch Art Gallery has currently got a special exhibition on offer – Māori Moving Image ki Te Puna o Waiwhetū. The co-curators Bridget Reweti and Melanie Oliver have put on show a collection that has several generations of Māori artists embracing moving images – film, animation and video art. Māori histories, radical hope and lived experience are at the forefront that explores language, politics, time, and place. The exhibition is on now at the Christchurch Art Gallery. 

Ka Pō, Ka Ao

Māori music powerhouse Rob Ruha will perform this Thursday (23rd) with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO). Ka Pō Ka Ao: Celebrating Matariki will be an evening filled with a number of genres (including ballads and soulful tunes) that brings the dynamic of Te Pō the night and Te Ao daylight to life at Auckland’s Town Hall. There are only a handful of seats left, grab your tickets from Ticketmaster.


Plus if you happen to be walking around Auckland’s CBD between now and the 16th of July you can experience Tūrama – which is “an open invitation to all of Tāmaki Makaurau to revisit and re-imagine the Waihorotiu valley.” Make sure you visit the intersection of Queen and Shortland Streets before making your way up to Aotea Square for a stunning visual display on Auckland Town Hall.