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Be part of the 2018 celebration of Auckland’s Māori culture

Published: 16 November 2017

If you're keen to help celebrate the Māori culture and heritage of Tāmaki Makaurau and you want to be at the heart of the action on Auckland Anniversary Weekend, then the 2018 Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival team want to hear from you.

The festival will take place at the Viaduct Events Centre and Viaduct Harbour on 27-29 January 2018.

There will be live traditional and contemporary music and kapa haka; authentic crafts and delicious kai (food); traditional healing and tattooing; and chances to have a go paddling waka, sail on double-hulled sailing waka, and learn more about waka culture and history.

Call for volunteers

“We’re really proud of our events volunteers and the time and energy they put into helping our events be enjoyable and successful,” says Steve Armitage, General Manager Destination at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). 

“If you’re enthusiastic and passionate about celebrating the unique Māori culture and heritage of Tāmaki Makaurau, we want to hear from you.”

Volunteers must be 15 and over and are required to undergo a routine Ministry of Justice check as part of the application process.

The volunteer time commitment is flexible – it could be one four-hour shift during an event or multiple shifts every day of the event, as time and preference allow. Volunteers receive snacks or meals (depending on the length of their shifts) and a certificate of participation.

Register now at VolunteerNet to receive notifications about events, with the opportunity to apply for specific positions.

Observer programme

Another opportunity to get involved in the festival is the observer programme, an opportunity for Māori future event organisers, event management students and event professionals to see behind the scenes during the delivery of a major cultural festival.

Successful applicants will meet and talk with the festival production team, attend operational briefings, go backstage to the ‘green room’, watch figures like the stage manager and stalls manager in action and get an insight into the event kaupapa.

Expressions of interest should also be emailed to with details about the participant, their whakapapa, studies or work, and how taking part in the observer programme will benefit them.

Taking part is free of charge, but participants are responsible for their own travel to and parking at the festival and any accommodation, if required.

More information about the festival and its kaupapa is at ATEED. The Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival is driven by mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau in partnership with ATEED on behalf of Auckland Council.