To welcome in the new year and to celebrate the end of our 2022 Matariki Artist Wānanga, Basement Theatre are hosting ELECTRIC TANIWHA - a Matariki party.

Featuring high-quality experimental music from exciting next-gen Māori artists, it’s going to be a super special night - think beautiful sounds, twinkly lights, mouth-watering kai and the best company ever.

The evening is free to attend and will be a mix of ticketed (only a handful of tickets are available so you must register!) and open admission experiences. 

The Line-up: 

  • 6:30: Basement bar opens for drinks and pre-show hangs
  • 7pm-8pm: Secret musical guest: A Māori pop sensation will perform waiata from her reo rangatira project, including those from her recently released, critically-acclaimed album. This is ahead of the first ever official performance of her new album the following night for the Matariki holiday, making our showing super coveted (and super secret!). Expect stripped back renditions of these exquisite waiata, which are imbued with mātauranga gifted from her kuia. This is an intimate, sit-down experience in our main theatre space. Register to find out who the guest is!
  • 8pm: Enjoy some free hāngi on the Slab, put together by UnderGround Hāngī
  • 8:50pm-9:30pm: Te Kahureremoa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa): Te Kahureremoa Taumata will delight with a multidisciplinary reo-rua sound experience that will include tāonga pūoro, loop machine, beats and acoustic guitar. This will also be an intimate sit-down experience, with a free hāngi from 8pm.
  • 9:30pm: Nativebush: The amazing Nativebush (Ngāti Pikiao/Ngāpuhi) will be pumping bangers in the bar from 9:30pm onwards - this part of the evening is open admission so there’s no need to register. 

Electric Taniwha is supported by the Local Activation Fund Programme, administered by Auckland Unlimited on behalf of the New Zealand Government.

Enjoy two hours of free parking or $5 evening and weekend rates. Find out more. Ride on public transport from as little as $2 each way. Find out more.
Last updated: 14 June 2022