Māorioke with the Māori Wardens of Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Kei te whakaari ngā kamu waiata o Ngā Wātene Māori o Te Whanganui a Tara.

The Māori Wardens of Te Whanganui-a-Tara extend an open invitation to the city to join for community waiata sing along throughout June with ‘Māorioke with the Māori Wardens’, a series of karaoke style public singalongs in the heart of our city on Courtenay Place.

As our nights draw in and our streets get darker, the Māori Wardens will provide a shining beacon using a projected public karaoke screen, complete with waiata and party tunes to share. To be held over four nights through June, led by the esteemed Suzanne Tamaki and joined by Rayleen Hirini and Maraea Rihari.

The first evening will have them serenading commuters on their way home from outside 106 Courtenay Place, Readings Complex from 5.30pm on Friday June 16th. The following evening on Saturday June 17th they will be entertaining the later evening crowd from the Tripod Plaza, cnr Cambridge Tce and Courtenay Pl from 8pm. Round two, the following week will be the same times and locations, Thursday 22nd from 5.30pm at 106 Courtenay Place and Saturday 24th from 8pm at the Tripod Plaza.

The Māori Wardens are an intrinsic part of our communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. They have been supporting whānau for over 150 years at a grassroots level and have well-established relationships that enable them to work closely with whānau, Māori organisations, community groups and government agencies.

With their incredible relationships, history and gentle understanding of our communities, they can play a large and positive role in creating a new and safer inner city environment. With a new energy and this wonderful, generous and fun offering to the community, ‘Māorioke with the Māori Wardens’ makes for a unique opportunity to share this work and knowledge, as well promote Te Reo in a fun and positive way.

So join for a heartwarming sing along after work, or bring the kids after dinner!

Māorioke with the Māori Wardens – in Te Whanganui-a-Tara
Friday June 16th, 5:30pm – outside 106 Courtenay Place, Readings Complex.
● Saturday June 17th, 8pm – Tripod Plaza, cnr Cambridge Tce and Courtenay Place
● Thursday 22nd June, 5.30pm – outside 106 Courtenay Place, Readings Complex
● Saturday 24th, 8pm – Tripod Plaza, cnr Cambridge Tce and Courtenay Place

This community hearted/building, interactive performance installation, is the third in an exciting & diverse range of activations from Urban Dream Brokerage’s ‘Lets Get Wellington Dreaming’ Program for 2023. This activation shines a light on the work of the Māori Wardens and celebrates their untold story. With the support of Wellington City Council, Urban Dream Brokerage aims to continue their series to enliven the city centre, giving artists space to embed themselves in the city and grow new audiences through public participation, shining a light on what our city’s’ future could be.