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Last Updated : 27 Jun 2022
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Mānawatia a Matariki! Celebrate Matariki.

Matariki Festival provides everyone in Tāmaki Makaurau with the opportunity to enjoy events that showcase the talents of Māori performers.

Two of the pou (signature) events that hold up the Festival are focussed on the celebration of kapa haka and musical talent. Te Taumata Kapa Haka sees stunning kapa haka performances popping up across the region for lunchtime performances over weekends during the festival. Taking place in seven malls in Tāmaki Makaurau from Pakuranga Plaza to Westfield Albany, these performances will enthral those who see them.

For something different, consider heading to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki on the public holiday (Friday 24 June) for Taane Mete: Pōhutukawa, a three part dance performance specially conceived for Matariki by choreographer and dancer Taane Mete (nō Ngāti Kahungunu me Ngāti Koroki Kahukura). It will also be performed on Saturday 25 June and Sunday 10 July.

Matariki on the Waterfront returns to Silo Park to deliver two days of experiences to bring restoration and refreshment to everyone who attends. Kapa haka performances from Matariki Festival iwi partner Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and music by Herbs and MAJIC and Māori Hifi DJs (Grantis and Gene Rivers).

Southside Beats promises to be a celebration of some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s best Māori entertainers. Held at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau on 2 July, this event will feature Stan Walker performing his te reo Māori album Te Arohanui live for the first time. Other performers include Sons of Zion, Ardijah and Dr Manchoo with a special appearance by Russell Harrison. Note that this is a paid event.

The final pou event for Matariki Festival 2022 is one not to miss. Te Korakora (16 July) is a jam-packed evening of music and festivities to celebrate the season of Matariki. Te Korakora is an opportunity to dance and sing with friends and whānau as a way of sending your wishes to Hiwa-i-te-Rangi, the Matariki star of opportunity. Enjoy performances from other highly-regarded Aotearoa musicians AJA, Kings, Majic Paora, La Coco and DJ Grantis in the lead up to headliners TrinityRoots getting you grooving through the night.

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