MATARIKI AHI KĀ - Wellington

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Manawatia a Matariki 


Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi

Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te Tau.


Remembrance - Remembering those who have passed during the year.


Celebrating the present - Gathering to celebrate with feasting, games and joyful activities.


Looking to the future - Planning for the year ahead with hope, dreams, wishes into reality.


The celebration of the Matariki dates back over 700 years and is accompanied by long-established traditions throughout the world. The rising of Puanga (also known as the star Rigel in Orion) and the Matariki star cluster (also known as Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters) marks the start of the Māori New Year, a time for remembering the past, celebrating the present, and looking to the future. 


Come celebrate with us at:


Matariki Ahi Kā 6pm–9pm, Thursday 13–Sunday 16 July Wellington Waterfront.


An immersive journey with projections onto Te Papa Tongarewa, performances, fire, and kai; and ‘Hiwa-i-te-rangi: the Wishing Star’, and ‘Pōhutukawa: honouring those who have passed away’ ceremonies at 8pm each evening with Toni Huata. 


And also, the stunning Mana Moana Pōneke 6pm–9pm, 1–2, 8–9, 13–16 July Whairepo Lagoon Stories from our ocean projected on water.


See you all there!


Matariki, Mataliki, Mata'ai'i, Makali'i e



Tūtira Mai Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Concert

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Kia ora koutou,

Thank you so much for supporting our Tūtira Mai Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Concert and also our kaupapa from far and wide. There were a lot of enquiries before the Tūtira Mai about our merchandise.

Please go to for further T Shirt orders until April 7th. We also have the totes bags in both colours available.

You are also welcome to stay in touch with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Whanganui a Tara on FB: Read More

Tūtira Mai Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Concert

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Tickets for TŪTIRA MAI - Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Concert in Wellington from Ticketspace


'Tūtira Mai - Standing together, all iwi, all nations within unity and mana.

This title and meaning speaks to the kaupapa that has brought everyone together in unity, within the spirit of aroha and giving, thanks to the waiata Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi gifted by the children of Ngāti Kahungunu composer Cannon Wi Te Tau Huata (MC). 

The Tūtira Mai - Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Concert was born to support our whānau, hapū, iwi and hāpori from the devasting effects of Cyclone Gabrielle. We are all affected and many are still isolated without power, communications, clean water and basic resources. Many have lost their homes, marae, kura, livelihood and some their lives. The restoration has begun but it will take years to recover. 

Resources are required on a daily basis to whānau that are displaced and to the regions that are traumatised from this event. 

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Whanganui ā Tara are happy to support this kaupapa and thank all that have contributed towards this concert, volunteering their time, expertise, artistry, talents, co-ordination, production, administration, venue, marketing, promotion, resources, funding, security, recycle/waste management, manaakitanga, kai, heart and koha. 

The lineup is stellar and features award winning artists:

Troy Kingi, Louis Baker, AJA, Mara TK, Aotearoa All Stars, Sianne, Amber Holly, Kirsten Te Rito, Lisa Tomlins, Rachel Fraser and DJ Jayrasik. The night will also be entertained by MCs Kiino Krystal and The Māori Sidesteps Jamie McCaskill and Regan Taylor. The three-hour concert will be full of amazing artistry and entertainment. 

Aotearoa Allstars at 'Te Rā o Waitangi'

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AOTEAROA ALLSTARS will join the line up at 'Te Rā o Waitangi' - a free, whānau-friendly event in the heart of the city where we can honour the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, acknowledge our history, and recognise the power of coming together – and everyone is invited!

Bring your friends and whānau, and enjoy an award-winning line-up of Māori performers, food, and culture.


12 noon - Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika | Welcome speech by her Worship, Mayor Tory Whanau | MC Paora Sweeney

12.20pm - Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna

12.50pm - Tararua Taonga Puoro

1.25pm - Amba Holly

2pm - Jah Glory

3pm - Aotearoa Allstars

4pm - AJA

5pm - TOI

6pm - Closin

Gardens Magic, music to the ears in Pōneke

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The iconic Gardens Magic concert series returns to the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā’s Soundshell for three weeks next month – so get ready to face the music. Wellington City Council is proud to be hosting this free event for its 43rd year, filling the summer nights with sounds and a light display which transforms the gardens into a magical setting. Head along with a rug and picnic and grab some friends and whānau for an evening of free entertainment from some of the best local talent around. There’ll be something for everyone with music ranging from contemporary pop to indie to classical to rock. Here’s what some of the artists say about their Gardens Magic experience and performing live.

Toni Huata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata (Aotearoa Allstars | Thurs 19 Jan)

A Wellington-based group made up of artists from a number of award winning Kaupapa Māori music groups. The group aims to promote te reo Māori through music and having fun with the audience.

I have performed and attended Gardens Magic at different times over the years and what I like about this festival is that it celebrates all genre of music, performance, culture and talent. Gardens Magic also celebrates Wellington and our arts culture here. In particular to our involvement, in the past and in 2023 with 'Puoro ki te Ao' and 'Aotearoa Allstars' we celebrate our reo, traditions, compositions and contemporary kaupapa Māori music for all to experience and enjoy.

I love being in nature, it brings a beautiful mauri. I also like being with families, different cultures and sharing our music to uplift and heal others. We are lucky that this is a two-way process and we receive a lot of positivity in return. The good thing with Gardens Magic is that it is a family audience, it's fresh into Raumati 2023, and we are sharing our reo with the multitudes.


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We are very happy to announce that te reo Māori ballad HE AROHA written by Ngahiwi Apanui, sung by Toni Huata and recorded with Aotearoa Allstars released as part of the Waiata Anthems Week of releases 5-11 September 2022.



And for Te Wiki mo te reo Māori the below

HE AROHA: Slide show


Hei tā te tautitotito o te waiata 'He Aroha', a Ngahiwi Apanui, e tū whakahīhī ana ia ka whakaputaina a 'He Aroha' e Waiata Anthems 2022.

TAIHOA - Official New Music Video

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TAIHOA Official Video

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Toni releases her music video TAIHOA (Wait), from her album Te Rerenga – The Journey.

LISTEN Te Rerenga - The Journey

BUY Te Rerenga - The Journey

TAIHOA (Dub-Mix) is track 10 and was originally written in response to a substance use campaign but the song itself is open to interpretation.

The overt message is for parents to think about the consequences of over indulgence with drugs and alcohol - the impact it has on our children and families and how this has affected our relationships and health.
No one is perfect but everything we do effects how our children see themselves and the narrative they carry into adulthood.


Taihoa could also be applied to taking it slow in relationships too.

Acknowledgements to:

Te Māngai Pāho and Motion Valley Film Company
On-set director: Canaan Akuhata-Brown
Producer: Hayley Watters
Director of Photography: Scott Pennington
Assistant: Mathew Wyn-Harris
Editor: Scott Pennington
Photographer: Stephen A’Court
Actors: Shanara Wallace (daughter), Kylie Watters (mother)
Artist: Toni Huata (lyrics, lead/backing vocals, composition)
Music Producer / Remix: Paddy Free
Tui class at Te Kura o Ōtari for the TAIHOA shout outs!

For more information check out:  

LIVE - Toni Huata Te Māngai Pāho & Tahuri Mai release in NZ Music Month

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In celebration of NZ Music Month and within the spirit of aroha Toni Huata releases her fourth music video Tahuri Mai, from her new album Te Rerenga – The Journey on Mother’s Day.

Toni is happy to announce the release of her new music video Tahuri Maia love song written and composed by Adrian Tangaroa Wagner and Toni Huata, produced by Paddy Free, filmed by Motion Valley and funded by Te Māngai Pāho.

Toni says, “I’m excited to release my fourth video ‘

Tahuri Mai’ to celebrate this month of NZ and Māori music, the spirit of aroha, my husband Adrian’s birthday and on Mother’s Day. So many kaupapa but all relevant to the celebration of this song. We released Tahuri Mai to Māori radio as a single originally and with this new video it is now track 14 on Te Rerenga – The Journey album.

Tahuri Mai - I Tunes

Tahuri Mai - Spotify Track 14

Tahuri Mai Original Single Notes

I love how Tahuri Mai has developed into this sunshine, happy feeling of Summer.Itreminds me of our honeymoon in Vanuatu and travels to sunny places throughout Aotearoa, the pacific and the world. Thanks to Paddy, Pos and Pat for their spirit in this song. The video follows the day in the lives of a young couple and takes us to stunning locations in Wellington. Many thanks to Scott, Hayley, Canaan, Mat and our beautiful talent John and Mariarangi. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa”.

Acknowledgements to:

Te Māngai Pāho and Motion Valley Film Company.

On-set Director: Canaan Akuhata-Brown,

Producer: Hayley Watters,

Director of Photography: Scott Pennington,

Drone Operator/Assistant: Mathew Wyn-Harris,

Editor: Scott Pennington

Talent: John




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Announcing the release of ‘Ha’ music video online! Live now at

And Toni Huata’s 7th studio album

‘ Te Rerenga – The Journey ’ LIVE NOW 

Open in:


Shot against the backdrop of the greater Wellington region and directed by Canaan Akuhata-Brown, ‘Ha” explores the day to day challenges that face many whanau and the beautiful depths of love within us all, as they come together, 

to dance against the odds.


 ‘This is our whānau mental health kaupapa. For when we’re overwhelmed or challenged in life - all we need to do is to take a moment, breathe and trust that balance will be restored once again. I think the video is fantastic in capturing whānau leaving any woes behind and just letting their hair down! Simply put by Motion Valley – ‘We follow numerous people in their daily life as they struggle and feel overwhelmed. Each character then breaks free into dance to overcome the stress’. I think it is positive and uplifting in all their own unique way! -Toni Huata


Cast: Toni Huata, Adrian Wagner, Te Okanga and Ropine Huata-Wagner; Lois Reid, Maureen Collins-Lucic, Kelly Te Moananui, Te Aranga, Tyler and Rina Mata; Arohanui Watene, Chris Clegg,  Matt Renata, Tui Innes, Nicky Finn, Timon Zeiss, Christine Godetz, Sophia Stephens and Stainton Anderson.


Proudly supported by Te Māngai Pāho and with many thanks to Motion Valley, cast and whānau.


Te Rerenga – The Journey’ released in both in CD and LIVE online at:

The Mākaro Room, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke - Function Centre

Thursday, September the 13 th from 5pm till 8pm

Announcing the release of Toni Huata’s 7th studio album ‘ Te Rerenga – The Journey ’

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Māori Language Week 10-16 September 2018


Hot on the heels of a very busy Matariki season and Māori Music Month. Which not only saw Toni Huata performing new works throughout Aotearoa, but also the release of both her new video singles ‘AIO’ and ‘WAIORA’. Toni is delighted to announce the upcoming release of her new album.

‘ Te Rerenga – The Journey ’


This 16 track album, is a collaboration between Pitch Black producer Paddy Free and Toni, including a reunion with renowned composer Gareth Farr. This album will be heralded by the release of the albums third video single ‘HĀ’ and the whānau friendly event TE RERENGA – He Reo Ora

- A night of Music, Kapahaka, Dance and Slam Poetry, in celebration of both Toni’s album release and Māori Language Week.


This stunning event with feature live performance from not only Toni Huata but also featuring performances from Te Kahu Rolleston, Timotimo, Te Kura Māori o Porirua, Brannigan Kaa, Horomona Horo, Te Kura o Ōtari and Toni’s debut videos. Taking place at The Mākaro Room, Te Wharewaka Function Centre

Thursday September the 13th from 5pm till 8pm

Entry by Koha, RSVP to is essential.



‘Te Rerenga’ is about a journey. From the journey of our ancestors travelling from Hawaiki to Aotearoa; to journeys of family, relationship, friendship and reconnection; to reflection, love, identity & homeland; to my own personal health journey over the past 2 years. We were very lucky to be supported by Te Māngai Pāhō for 5 music videos alongside this album and we thank all our whānau, cast and crew that were involved. We also thank all the musicians, composers and production team for the support creating this wonderful project. ‘Te Rerenga’ is a full array of genre from dub, ambient, world, dance, classical and soul. All the songs have their own story and it was particularly special to finally include ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and our Turakina version to the late Hone Tuwhare poem ‘Rain’