Spoken word poets Ngā Hinepūkōrero are in residence, running workshops and performing in the Gallery’s North Atrium over five days.

Plus, learn how to craft your own spoken word poems in a public, open-age workshop:

  • 1-2pm, Sunday 18 April – Experience working alongside Ngā Hinepūkōrero in their public workshop focusing on growing writing skills and individual confidence for performing. Tickets: $5. See here for more info and to book.

Enjoy two free live performances: (be prepared for strong themes, emotions and language)

  • 7pm, Friday 16 April – A delicious hour of spoken word with Ngā Hinepūkorerō and other poets
  • 2–2.30pm, Sunday 18 April – Ngā Hinepūkorerō 

Whānau Drop-in:

  • 2–2.30pm, Saturday 17 April – Word Play. A fun, playful way to introduce tamariki (children) to spoken word. Location: South Atrium


Ngā Hinepūkōrero are four wāhine Māori who have been winning Grand Slam events across Australasia since 2018. They use the spoken word as a platform to bring attention to important topics and issues in our country, especially those that affect Māori, intertwining waiata and te reo Māori in their work to express their love for whakapapa and culture. Their poetry is witty, intelligent, profound and hard hitting.

Ngā Hinepūkōrero – Arihia Hall (Te Arawa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Tukorehe), Terina Wichman-Evans (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Te Aupouri), Manaia Tuwhare-Hoani (Ngāti Wai Ngāpuhi) and Matariki Bennett (Te Arawa) recently received the Ngā Manu Pīrere award which recognises an emerging artist or collective showing potential in their artform at Creative NZ's Te Waka Toi Awards.

Wed 14 Apr 2021 — Sun 18 Apr 2021
North Atrium
FREE public performances | $5 workshop

$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: 25 January 2021