Come together in Aotea Square to mark the return of live performances at the Festival and the start of three weeks of uplifting arts, culture, celebration and kotahitanga.

Join AAF for karakia, ceremony and kapa haka led by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Sing along to Māori songs that have become part of New Zealand history – ‘Pōkarekare Ana’, ‘Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi’, ‘E Pāpā Waiari’ – to name a few. Kupu for all waiata will be available on the AAF website for downloading to your device, and you, your friends and whānau can learn in advance by visiting our YouTube channel. While you are there, grab a kai from the Hāngi Master and join in the celebration before heading to our opening night shows.

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 16 November 2022