Matariki at the Gardens

Whakanuitia I Te Taiao, Whakanuitia I Nga Iwi - Celebrate the environment, Celebrate the People

Matariki at the Gardens

Celebrate the opening of Matariki at the Gardens with traditional music and storytelling. And enjoy the opening of the Tōu Ipu me Tōku Ipu Kōkōwai (Your Pot and My Clay Pot). Click here for details of this exhibition.

Nga Waiata Maori – Maori music

Allana was taken under the wing of some of the great jazz musicians of NZ, and has appeared at many major jazz festivals around the country, presenting bi- lingual original music and new interpretation of jazz standards. She released three original reo Maori songs and placed 3rd at the Wellington Matariki festival.

Allana Goldsmith - Ngati Porou, Ngai Tai Ki Torere.

Pakiwaitara - storytelling

Think, breath, act, Pita’s career started with a love of words that became an exploration of the stage through dance and comedy. Come and listen to the stories of Tamaki - some once lost in time being brought back to life. 

Pita Turei - Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki, Ngati Paoa, Nga Rauru Kitahi. 

Taonga Puoro Collaboration - Maori traditional flutes and fusion contemporary sounds

Riki Bennett started playing taonga Puoro after attending a wananga held by the late Dr Hirini Melbourne, since this time he has played behind stage shows, done backing sound tracks for films as well as overseas performances.

Kingsley Melhuish is a professional musician and teacher at Mainz music school in Auckland and has played with some of New Zealand's top musicians as well as overseas artists. He is a professional trumpet player and also plays traditional conch shells.

The Taonga Puoro Collaboration is Kingsley Melhuish and Riki Bennett - Te Arawa, Ngati Porou.

Matariki workshops

Follow this link to find out about our weekly workshops -

(New workshops will be added as details are confirmed.)

03 June 2017
10am - 4pm

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