Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival presents

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival presents

HIHĪ - A Song Of Place

Gisborne Gisborne


85 Waihirere Domain Rd, Waihirere, Gisborne

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CONCESSION 65+ with Gold Card, Student (Student ID Required), Community Services Card
CHILD 12 years & under
FAMILY PACKAGE Family Package - 2 Adults, 2 Children


Running Time: 90 minutes


85 Waihirere Domain Rd, Waihirere, Gisborne


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Due to the recent community outbreak of COVID-19 Omicron and the move to a Red Light COVID protection framework across Aotearoa, it is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the cancellation of the February offering of Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival. Having moved this once already, the further postponement of the event is not viable at this time.

We will continue to plan for our festival event later in 2022 and look forward to bringing the full might of our creative abundance in Tūranga-nui-ā-Kiwa and the great Te Tairāwhiti region. Our sincerest aroha goes out to all our artists, crew, suppliers, ticket holders and community who have backed and believed in us since the beginning.

If a place was to speak to you, what message would it give?

Wai-hī-rere across time has always authored its own narration through the vitality HIHĪ and flow of its waters, environment and people. HIHĪ draws inspiration from that authority, giving the message of this place human and instrumental voices.

HIHĪ showcases some of our most remarkable songbirds amidst the exquisite beauty of our natural environment.

Nestled at the base of Ahitītī and surrounded by the beauty of the Waihirere Domain Reserve, HIHĪ combines haka, waiata, opera and showcasing the beauty of te reo Māori.

Featuring renowned singers Deborah Wai Kapohe, Erena Koopu and Rutene Spooner, accompanied by musicians from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, this spectacular and unique opera event showcases the songs of Te Tairāwhiti, well-loved waiata sung in operatic style, kapa haka and favourite opera arias performed in te reo Māori. 

Due to unforeseen events Maisey Rika is not able to perform in the confirmed line-up.

This event will be the highlight and is not to be missed.

A Tairāwhiti Arts Festival exclusive, In collaboration with New Zealand Festival of The Arts.

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  • Suitable for all ages

Produced by Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival 
Creative team: Teina Moetara, Ruth Smith, Mere Boynton, Tama Waipara 

Please note that there is no box office on-site, however online sales close 20mins prior to show start.

Please ensure you read the terms & conditions on our website - these  will be available closer to the show date.

COVID Protection Framework
By purchasing a ticket, you agree to comply with all NZ Government requirements related to COVID-19, including the presentation of a valid My Vaccine Pass.

Events will go ahead under the new traffic light system if Tairāwhiti is in Orange or Green.

To keep safe and comply with the restrictions, people will be required to show their My Vaccine Pass on entry to festival events and may also be asked for ID. Failure or refusal may result in cancellation of your ticket without refund.

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