When: Fri 21 June, 20:00-23:45
Where: Totara Street, Mount Maunganui
A live music event celebrating the Māori New Year with established and upcoming acts featuring this year: Tiki Taane, Ria Hall Laughton Kora, Che Fu & the Krates alongside some of our emerging stars.
Established local musicians and promoters run the event with a focus on creating more live performance opportunities in the Bay of Plenty area.
In our traditional Māori history, Matariki heralds the beginning of the New Year entering into a season of preparing and planning for the year ahead. It also epitomises a mother (Matariki) surrounded by her tamariki: Tupu-a-Nuku, Tupu-a-Rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipunarangi, Ururangi, Pōhutukawa and Hiwa-i-te-rangi. In other traditions and in Polynesian societies there is the belief that Matariki is a male star. It is also known as Pleiades in western culture.
Historically the Bay of Plenty is the landing place for the Tākitimu, Tainui, Mātaatua and Te Arawa waka, in the great migration from Polynesia. A male and female star of Māori decent impacted the recording industry when in 1927, Deane Waretini and Ana Hato became the first recorded artists in New Zealand history, recorded at Tonuhopu Marae in Ohinemutu, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty. It is our intention to showcase our current musical stars and continue that legacy, providing a vehicle for Aotearoa creative artists to tell their stories and connect to the people.