Matariki Festival Diary: Music and Performance

Last Updated : 11 Jun 2020

Check out the Matariki Festival 2019 programme, with events running throughout Auckland until 14 July. 

To help pick out the highlights for you, we've put together the Matariki Diary - so check out this collection of unmissable performances and music events.

Matariki on the Move: Waiata

Suitable for: All ages
Cost: Free entry on a first-come, first-seated basis
When & Where:

  • Sun 7 July, 1pm–3pm; Harmony Hall Senior Centre, Wynyard St, Devonport
  • Sun 14 July, 1pm–3pm; Te Puea Memorial Marae, 41 Miro St, Māngere Bridge

Enjoy an afternoon of laid-back jazz, te reo and dynamic vocals with two powerhouse wāhine, sharing their exceptional vocal talents.

Featuring Whirimako Black, a veteran of eight solo albums and champion of te reo Māori; and Kaaterama Pou – singer, performer, brass player and star on the Māori music scene.

Find out more on Our Auckland 

Matariki Festival Diary Music - Waiata


Toi Toi Music Presents Te Māra o Te Pō

Suitable for: 18+ years
Cost: $15 – $20
Where: Backbeat, 1/100 Karangahape Rd

  • Sat 6 July, 7.30pm
  • Sat 13 July, 7.30pm

Te Māra o te Pō is a series of four live music events featuring Māori performing artists: rock and te reo fusion Kiko; singer-songwriter Cedric Richards McCord; Allana Goldsmith Group and WAI.TAI, a combination of world music and Māori rhythm.

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Matariki Festival Diary Music - Toi Toi Music


Matariki Stage at Te Oro

Suitable for: All ages
Cost: Free
When: Sat 6 July – Sat 13 July; nightly from 7pm-8.30pm
Where: Te Oro, 98 Line Rd, Glen Innes

Te Oro opens its doors for eight nights to celebrate the rising of the Matariki star cluster. The whare will be lit up to acknowledge the dawn of a new year and will welcome visitors for performances each night.

Enjoy entertainment from up-and-coming local talent, alongside emerging stars from across Tāmaki. Bring your whānau and friends and welcome the new year with creativity, light and laughter.

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Matariki Festival Diary Music - at Te Oro


Te Korakora on Federal

Suitable for: 18+ years
Cost: Free
When: Fri 12 July, 5pm–10pm
Where: Federal St Plaza, Federal St, CBD

Enjoy a night out with friends and whānau at Te Korakora on Federal, an urban street party where you can experience the vibrant sights and sounds of te ao Māori on Federal Street.

Come together for a unique evening of culture in the city, as the 2019 Matariki Festival comes to an end. Dance the night away under the Matariki stars while enjoying a stellar line-up of musical talent and entertainment. Te Korakora on Federal is proudly supported by SKYCITY and part of Elemental AKL.

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Matariki Festival Diary Music - Federal


Waiata Taketake —  Indigenous Music

Suitable for: All ages 
Cost: $15 per person 
When: Sun 13 July, 6.30pm–9.30pm
Where: Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Dr, Titirangi

In what promises to be a memorable end to Matariki celebrations at Arataki Visitor Centre, these two exceptional artists will share their music surrounded by the majestic Waitākere Ranges. Experience the rare talent of Sherydon Ngaropo Te Tai (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Porou) and Ed Waaka (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Pahauwera). 

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Matariki Festival Diary Music - Waiata Taketake
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