Ngā Wai o Horotiu Free Music and Arts Festival

Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae celebrated its 16th birthday and a group of amazing AUTers turned out to mark the occasion. There were live performances, a showcase of short films made by AUT students, an interactive expo, and delicious food including Hāngi. For those who missed out on the fun and entertainment catch a glimpse of what went on. Photos from the day.


Festival details

Wednesday 16th October 4.30pm – 9.00pm

AUT University, City Campus
Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae
Corner St Pauls & Symonds St
Auckland CBD
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The festival consisted of:

  • Live performances
  • AUT students showcasing their films
  • Expos stalls
  • Kai (food) including Hāngi
  • Competitions to win Apple iPod products 

Line up was:


Kīnaki represents the indigenous, cooking up soul fuel in a world of change and community. Head nod essential. Kīnaki, exponents of Pā Funk and Pao Hop, creates music delivering kaupapa driven messages with a beat that brings people together.

Regan and Te Rerekohu

An acoustic duo from AUT who perform covers and original compositions while blending many styles of music spanning jazz, rock, reggae, RnB, blues and pop. They are passionate about music and playing live, whether it is playing with a laid-back loungey feel or an up beat dissonant urban-Māori sound.

Titahi ki Tua (TKT)

Titahi Ki Tua (TKT) offers Māori AUT students a place where they can come together to share ideas, share identity, draw support, socialise, meet other Māori and practice culture through kapa haka, all in a marae environment. The focal purpose of Titahi Ki Tua is to build relationships and networks between Māori students through Kai, social activities (whatever it may be) and the cultural art form of "Te Mahi Kapa Haka". Titahi Ki Tua is also an affiliated club of Ausm and wish to thank Ausm for its support for the coming year.

Rob Ruha

Te Whānau a Apanui and Ngāti Porou affiliated Robert Ruha is an acclaimed composer and has been a performer of Māori Performing Arts since he was a child. Over 200 items of poetry; including waiata, haka and mōteatea within the forum of kapa haka; winning awards for these compositions at many regional and national competitions. He has over 25 years of live performance experience and 21 years experience as a composer. Many of his songs are sung by primary, secondary (schools) and senior kapa haka throughout the nation. For the past 11 years he has judged the quality of this art form at regional, national and international kapa haka competitions. Robert has also judged many events developing young and up and coming Māori artists. Due to the success of his first single 'Hotuhotu' Robert is working towards releasing his debut EP in 2014.

Maree Sheehan

Singer-songwriter and producer Maree Sheehan has been influence by music since a young age. Sheehan has been involved in the New Zealand music industry for more than 15 years.  Sheehan's music also featured in the soundtrack for the iconic Kiwi film 'Once Were Warriors' and in the film 'Broken English'. In the early 1990s she released her debut album; with a number of the songs making the New Zealand Top 20 Charts. Now after several years spent working behind the scenes - writing and producing songs for television and film and penning tracks for others - she is poised to step back into the spotlight with a stunning 10-track record 'Chasing The Light', which will be released on February 15. 

Storme Hitaua Choir - Current students of AUT

Having only been together for 2 months Storme Hitaua Choir are a fresh group of young talent. The group was formed by current students of AUT. Each of the members is currently affiliated with AUT's Māori association also known as Titahi ki Tua (TKT). The primary purpose of the group was to utilize the talent within TKT and perform for Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae's 16 birthday celebrations.  The members of the group are Storm, Chaz, Tama, Toiroa, John, Te Rerekohu, Te Okiwa, Matu, Josh, Cambell, Eruini, Te Hine-Ngaro and Regan.

Tama Waipara

Tama Waipara started his career as the first vocalist signed to ObliqSound records in New York after graduating from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. His debut album "Triumph of Time" was launched at Central Park Summerstage to critical acclaim. Now at home in Aotearoa, NZ, Tama Waipara has a new sound and an awesome kaupapa. His Album' Fill Up The Silence' was released on 6th of September 2013.


Festival rules

He kaupapa auahi kore - Smokefree Event
Tarukino me te waipiro kore - Drug and Alcohol free
E ahei ana te kai i runga i te marae mō tēnei kaupapa anakē - Eating in and around the marae is allowed strictly for this event only



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Last updated: 10-Jun-2016 9.09am

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