Due to the recent community outbreak of COVID-19 Omicron and the move to a Red Light in the COVID Protection Framework across Aotearoa, the Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival performance of HIHĪ – A Song of Place has been cancelled.

All tickets will be refunded or are able to be donated. Ticket holders will be contacted directly by iTicket however due to the high volume of event changes across the country at the moment, this process may be slower than usual.


David Kay Conductor
Teina Moetara
, Ruth Smith, Tama Waipara and Mere Boynton Creative team

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 – A Song of Place 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 Maisey Rika, 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.

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

Created by Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival in collaboration with Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.