Enjoy dynamic, live kapa haka performances in celebration of Matariki. Some of the best kapa haka (performance groups) from all over Auckland will share waiata and haka in a series of lunchtime performances. Hāngi Master will have authentic, earth-oven cooked morsels to delight the palate while a variety of musicians will provide a selection of acoustic music for your listening pleasure. The perfect opportunity for fans of te reo māori, poi, kapa haka, music and kai to come together and join the celebrations.

The kapa haka performance run at 12.15pm and 1.15pm from June 23-26, with a different group performing each day.

Wed 23 June    Te Wehi Haka
Thu 24 June     Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi
Fri 25 June       Pukekohe North School
Sat 26 June      Te Rōpū Manutaki

On the same days, you can also catch live performances from Māori singer-songwriters for Matariki on the Move: Waiata, from 12.50pm to 1.10pm.

Wed 23 June    Jhasmyne-Leigh Laomahei
Thu 24 June     Makaira Berry
Fri 25 June       HINA
Sat 26 June      RnR Music

And if you’ve never tried hāngi master Rewi Spraggon's hāngi pies and the veggie, pork or chicken hāngi lunchboxes, make sure you do this year. Wednesday to Friday from his pit in Takutai Square.

There is also going to be a new series of artworks on display in Britomart too, by Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho (Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Kahungungu), who explores stories of personal meaning and social justice. Their new illustrations personify each of the nine stars in the Matariki cluster, which are all connected with different elements. The art will display on the Pavilions in Te Ara Tahuhu and on the construction hoardings outside the Barrington and Sofrana buildings in Customs Street East. 

Brought to you by Auckland Council in partnership with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, with support from Vector Lights, Britomart and Flava. 

Part of Matariki Festival 2021.

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Last updated: 18 May 2021