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Celebrate the Māori new year at Matariki Festival’s premier open-air music and food event, showcasing performances from contemporary Māori musicians set against the urban backdrop of Takutai Square.

This free event has equal appeal to families, young adults, inner-city dwellers and festivalgoers alike, and is fast becoming the highlight of the winter music calendar.

Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui) headlines with her signature style of roots, reggae and reo. Marvel at the sounds of Mara TK (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui), as he combines soul and psychedelic electronica.

Prolific beatmaker and turntablist, DJ Spell’s (Ngāti Porou, Tainui) live set will deliver west coast-inspired hip hop, with some of the best Māori MC’s joining him on stage.

Enjoy Māori/ Samoan neo soul singer LaCoco (Ngāti Kahu, Ngā Ruahine, Papa Sataua), whose sound is rooted in gospel, RnB and jazz.

Indulge your taste buds and your ears, in what promises to be a feast for your senses!

Come together for a unique evening of culture in the city as Matariki Festival 2021 comes to a close.

Proudly supported by Britomart and an Auckland City of Music event.

Visit to see the full programme of events for Matariki Festival 2021.


Win a Matariki Festival Staycation to Te Korakora on Takutai with Flava and NZ Herald’s Kāhu.  

For details, go to: (closes Friday 9 July, noon)

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