A celebration featuring Māori rock’n’roll bands from Ōtaki, Poneke, Whanganui and Tāmaki Makaurau for one night of music, poetry and whanungatanga.

An opportunity for Tāmaki Makaurau’s independent music community to celebrate Matariki.


Friday, 25 June – Whammy Bar, Auckland

12 bands, 2 stages, 1 room, hosted by kaumātua Rob Tuwhare.

Te Hihiri was first dreamed up by Kim Martinengo of Tāmaki Makaurau record label 1:12 Records and Apa Chappell, owner and boss dude of Creeps Record Parlour in Newtown, Poneke.

In Tāmaki Makaurau a kaitiaki group of Māori band members from the 1:12 / Whammy community developed the kaupapa of Te Hihiri – a Māori kupu (word) for “the spark”. In this case the spark is an idea, the idea of bringing Māori musicians who play loud, rebellious music together to celebrate Matariki. Contact was made with four fantastic bands in Poneke and Ōtaki who have strong Māori identity and the spark grew.

The Matariki event being held at Whammy Bar on Friday, 25 June features bands from Ōtaki, Poneke, Whanganui and Tāmaki Makaurau with members who have Māori whakapapa.

1:12 and Whammy are excited to present Te Hihiri – The Spark, a showcase of Māori identity, independent creative spirit, manākitanga and whanaungatanga.

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