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Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival

31 Jan 2020


Friday 31 January 2020, 5.30pm - Friday 31 January 2020, 11.00pm


Captain Cook Wharf, Quay Street, Auckland City Centre

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The story of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and the waka that sailed here will take centre stage in January 2020 when the region celebrates its Māori heritage through the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival.

For the first time since its inaugural year in 2016, the festival will feature both land and water performances that will go on into the night, as well as storytelling that captures the region’s rich waka history which shaped the Tāmaki Makaurau we know and love today.

Highlights include:

  • waka showcase
  • marketplace of kai and art
  • land stage for performances and storytelling
  • water stage and screen for performances and storytelling
  • Kapa haka
  • contemporary Māori dance
  • music.


Journey of Te Tiriti o Waitangi 180 years ago in lights

Aucklanders can reflect and learn about Tāmaki Makaurau’s part in the Treaty of Waitangi story as the region honours 180 years since the first historic signing this Waitangi Day.

Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival to showcase Māori business

With huge musical talent and incredible storytelling taking the limelight in the lead up to Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival, it can be easy to miss what else makes up a unique festival experience.

Exhibition By Agnes Ishak – Inanna's Echo

This exhibition references the mythological tales of an ancient Mesopotamian goddess.