Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival

Art projections will be used to tell a story on the waters of the Waitemata Harbour this January.

The Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival features a new innovative addition this year involving projection art.

story told is of the waka that carried the first settlers to Aotearoa from across Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean.

A collaborative effort between Māori artists Maisey Rika, Louis Baker and Tomorrow People, the art will tell stories of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) through a series of images projected onto water within the Waitemata Harbour.

The art projection also celebrates te reo Māori, the joining of two worlds, and music.

ATEED General Manager – Destination, Steve Armitage says that the festival provides an important opportunity for Auckland to celebrate its Māori culture. “I encourage everyone to come along and immerse yourselves in Māori history and culture, partake in unique experiences and ultimately enjoy this special event,” says Armitage.

The display is an addition to the festivals well-known events such as Māori performances, kai, games and Pou Rama, a lighting installation inspired by pouwhenua (Māori carved pillars).

Sons of Zion vocalists Seth and Caleb Haapu will join the music line-up alongside a Kapa Haka performance from the Te Matatini 2019 winners, Ngā Tumanako.

There will be opportunities to involve yourself with Māori culture including art, traditional foods in the marketplace and garments from award winning designer Shona Tawhiao.

When: Friday January 31, gates open 5.30pm event ends 11pm

Where: Captain Cook Wharf, Auckland Waterfront

Entry is free

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