It’s that time again, Matariki is back and we’re ready to celebrate! Auckland has an awesome line-up of theatre, music, dance and world premieres to light up the City of Sails and we cannot wait to get amongst it!
So if you’re thinking of heading along to the festivities but have no idea where to start, don’t fret because we’ve compiled a list of what you need to see and do this Matariki.
#1 Te Puhi
WAIT Productions presents Te Puhi. Set against the backdrop of 1960s New Zealand, an inspiring coming-of-age story about the first Māori wāhine to be crowned Miss New Zealand. Te Puhi is a tribute to Maureen Kingi, Moana Whaanga and Keita White, the first Māori wāhine beauty queens.
When: 12th June—17th June
Where: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
#2 Kiss The Sky
New Zealand Dance Company’s Kiss The Sky is a triple bill of extraordinary contemporary dance playing on the theme of the seasons, the southern sky and time.
When: 29th June — 1st July
Where: Bruce Mason Centre
#3 I Ain't Mad At Cha
It's 1999 and Kiwa struggles with the whole "being Māori" thing. Kiwa's done with being judged—worst of all by his own people. How do black American fullas who live 20,000km away make him feel more at home than ever? I Ain't Mad at Cha is about a young Māori boys love for rhymes.
When: 20th June - 24th June
Where: The Basement Studio
#4 When Sun & Moon Collide
When Sun & Moon Collide is Auckland Theatre Company’s next production. Written by one of New Zealand’s most respected playwrights, Briar Grace Smith and directed by the amazing Rawiri Paratene (recently returned from his Globe to Globe Tour of Hamlet) and starring the likes of Kura Forrester (Amadeus, What We Do In The Shadows, Belief; The Possession of Janet Moses) it’s quite an impressive line-up.
When: 20th June — 6th July
Where: ASB Waterfront Centre
#5 Lick My Past
Lick My Past is a theatrical dance work, drawing on the mundane to find the extraordinary and the profound moments of being woman. Told through a comedic lens, stunning imagery and
impeccable kinetic timing, Nancy and Kelly echo women, as friends or foe slipping between their definitions of being Maori and being women.
When: 27th June— 1st July
Where: Herald Theatre
Returning to Smales Farm this month is Stellar. Here you'll discover vibrant light installations designed by the award-winning Angus Muir Design. There are seven installations that reflect the Matariki constellation for one hell of an incredible experience. There will be DJ's Vospertron performances, workshops and food offerings. And, better yet, it's FREE!
When: 22nd - 25th June 5pm - 10pm
Where: Smales Farm, Q4 on The Boulevard, Takapana
POROPITI is a beautiful surrealist theatre duet examining the magic of the forgotten past. It shares an insight into pre-European Aotearoa and the emergence of Maori provetic movements and the fracture with the modern day.
When: 20th - 24th June
Where: Basement Theatre
#8 Matariki Festival At Silo Park
Put Silo Park on your to-do list this month as they host a range of events for Matariki. Over the weekend of June 30th - July 2nd, there will be Puna Kai (international street food with a Maori twist), live bands and contemporary-styled Maori waiata, market stalls and a Matariki Galaxy insoide the Silos designed by Angus Muir.
When: 30th June - 2nd July
Where: Silo Park
#9 Night Lights
Head along to MOTAT for a celebration of Matariki in radiant style! For three days only, they'll host Night Lights—an array of light installations inspired by the museums heritage collections by local artists. Accompanying the installations is a dazzling tunnel of light by La Lumiere, with projection mapping and fairy lights.
When: 23rd - 25th June
#10 Sky Tower
As Auckland's most iconic building, chances are you've already seen our beloved Sky Tower lit in its spectacular glory to celebrate Matariki. Get snapping and see how many different angles you can capture this beauty at.
When: 10th June - 22nd June
Where: Sky Tower
Image Credit: Night Lights at MOTAT