Ardijah Celebrate Matariki

Matariki - Te Arawa Poster for 23 June 2011

YES! IT WENT OFF! Awesome gig!

“Kua tae ki te Wa” – The Time has Come
“An evening celebrating Matariki and honouring Te Arawa women”

In our traditional Māori histories and herstories, Matariki epitomises a mother surrounded by her six daughters, while we acknowledge in other traditions and Polynesian societies there is the belief that Matariki is a male star.

In light of the upheaval which has beset many of us in Aotearoa New Zealand following the earthquakes in Christchurch and right around the Pacific, a passionate group of Te Arawa women felt the time has come – “Kua Tae Ki Te Wā” will be an evening of reclamation and celebration of Papatūānuku and her children to herald a time of growth, a time of change, a time of rebirth.

It is with our greatest pleasure we present to you an evening of celebrating Matariki and honouring an emerging group of Te Arawa women who are making their mark on the local, regional and national stage!

In keeping with the Matariki constellation of the heavens, mothers of Te Arawa will honour some of the daughters of Te Arawa who have excelled in their fields of arts, music and kapa haka. Special awards ceremony will occur where Matariki (our mothers) will be surrounded by six daughters of Te Arawa, Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waitī, Waitā,Waipuna-ā-rangi and Ururangi, and where six awards will be given for poetry, dance, art, weaving, kapahaka, modern music performance and leadership.

The centrepiece of our evening is to pay tribute to one of the greatest women performers of the past three decades, Betty-Anne Monga and her band which is an essential aspect of the essence of Ardijah, in turn motivating and encouraging Te Arawa women to reach their highest potential in the arts & music industries.

Maisey Rika (Acoustic soul), Ria Hall (R&B singer, kapa haka exponent), Regan Balzer (Artist & Director), Miriama Hare (2011 Matatini Top Female kapa haka leader, singer), Chanz Mikaere (Artist & Poet) & Unit-Y (Hip Hop Group) & more…

Date: Thursday 23rd June 2011
Venue: The Distinction Rotorua, Fenton Street, Rotorua
Time: 3-5pm Stall & Exhibitions (free entry)
6-8pm Dinner & Awards
8:30pm-11:00pm Concert

The evening concert will showcase new musical collaborations from “Ardijah & Te Arawa friends”and invite you to savour an evening of timeless, distinctive classic hits from their recently released 5th album, ‘The Best Poly Fonk!’

Price: $50 per adult (over 18yrs) Dinner & Concert
$15 per child (under 18) Dinner only
$30 per adult (over 18yrs) Concert only

There are also corporate tables available for businesses and companies. Rates includes dinner & concert, reserved front seating, corporate name recognition, promotions and marketing space. Please email event coordinator.

Event Coordinator: Te Ringahuia Hata /


1 thought on “Ardijah Celebrate Matariki

  1. sharon says:

    Hi guys will you ever be doing a gig in Sydney?? you always seem to go to brisbane but not here…..looking forward to a positive response…lol

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