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Ahurei Matariki Takatapui

20 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018


Friday 20 July 2018, 7.00pm - Friday 20 July 2018, 9.00pm

Saturday 21 July 2018, 10.00am - Saturday 21 July 2018, 3.00pm

Saturday 21 July 2018, 7.30pm - Saturday 21 July 2018, 9.30pm

  • Fri 20 July, 7pm – Taumata Kōrero (Panel discussion)
  • Sat 21 July, 10am-3pm – Hāpori Ora (Wellness market expo)
  • Sat 21 July, 7.30pm – Matariki Whakanuia (Gala)

  • Fri 20 July, 7pm – Te Unga Waka Marae, 1 Clyde St, Epsom, Auckland
  • Sat 21 July, 10am-3pm – Te Unga Waka Marae, 1 Clyde St, Epsom, Auckland
  • Sat 21 July, 7.30pm – Lot 23, 23 Minnie St, Eden Terrace, Auckland

All three events are open to anyone through a koha donation


With a brand-new weekend of events from Taurima Vibes Ltd specifically by and for LGBTQI+ Māori, their whānau and allies, AHUREI MATARIKI TAKATĀPUI makes its debut, including performances, a panel event, and a health expo.

With Takatāpui being a reclaimed term to embrace all Māori who identify with diverse sexes, genders and sexualities, the festival will be drawing on the talents from right across the community to launch this important initiative.

All three events are open to anyone through a koha donation.

TAUMATA KŌRERO – Panel Discussion

Friday 20 July, 7pm | Te Unga Waka Marae, Epsom 

Panellists include the MP and marriage equality champion Hon. Louisa Wall (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Hineuru, Waikato), transgender advocate Ramon Te Wake, dance icon Taiaroa Royal, along with Adrian Noda and Aunty Ra, offering their thoughts and experiences as Takatāpui, navigating their individual identities through Matariki celebration.

HĀPORI ORA – Wellness Market Expo

Saturday 21 July, 10am-3pm | Te Unga Waka Marae, Epsom

Co-presented by the NZ AIDS Foundation, this is a game-changing expo targeting the health and wellbeing of Takatāpui in Auckland.

Organisations such as the Waipareira Trust and Hapai Te Hauora will be among the support services on offer in the market-style event.


Saturday 21 July, 7.30pm | Lot 23, Eden Terrace

With Auckland drag superstar Miss Ribena as MC, a multi-genre performance explosion closes the festival.

Featuring the talents of Ahakoa Te Aha Kapa Haka, Taiaroa Royal, Jess Holly Bates, Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho, Whati Te Wake, Zach Macer, Brady Peeti and Jermaine Dean of FAFSWAG, with more to be announced.