Whakawhānuitia, whakanuia anō te reo Māori huri noa i ngā hapori o Tāmaki Makaurau.
Broaden and celebrate our Māori language throughout the communities in Auckland.

Whānui is a creative, communal adventure: a collection of participatory arts projects in which an amazing mix of people who call Auckland home create, join in with and experience artworks across the region in the many spaces and places that form our neighbourhoods – street corners, shopping centres, parks and marae.

This year Whānui will be further enriched by Māori language through Toitū Te Reo, which expresses Auckland Arts Festival's commitment to te reo Māori.

Led by our diverse communities, in collaboration with established artists, the FREE, interactive, get-in-amongst-it events popping up around Tāmaki Makaurau in 2019 will each play a part in celebrating and normalising te reo Māori so it is seen, heard and felt

Mā te aroha me te kotahitanga tātou e ora ai.
From love and unity comes our wellbeing.

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Saturday 9 March 10am – 12pm
Māngere Town Centre Courtyard (Orly Avenue end), Māngere

Film Screenings
Mon 11 Mar: Ōtāhuhu Library
Mon 11, Fri 15, Mon 18 & Fri 22 Mar: Pakuranga Library
11–24 Mar: Glen Innes Library
Fri 15 Mar 3.30–4.30pm & Sat 16 Mar 12.00–1.00pm: Mānurewa Library
Sun 17 Mar 2pm & Thu 21 Mar 11.30am: Highland Park Library
18–30 Mar: Papatoetoe Library
Wed 20 Mar: Māngere East Library
Thu 21 Mar 5.00–6.00pm: Botany Library
Thu 21 Mar 11.00am: Papakura Library
Thu 21 & Sat 23 Mar: Tupu Youth Library
Tue 26 Mar 11.00am – 5.00pm: Panmure Library

Celebrating cultural and intergenerational ties, this cross-cultural collaboration brings te reo Māori to Chinese and Sāmoan communities through their native mother tongues. Participants have learned, engaged, and collaborated to share and understand their pepeha – a way of introducing yourself in Māori, and this event is a culmination of their four week journey learning at Te Whare o Matariki in Howick and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Māngere. 

Short film vignettes will also be presented as part of the project throughout Auckland Arts Festival at participating Auckland City Libraries. Come and witness the results of their experience at this family friendly intercultural arts event. 

Download the programme for Project Pepeha here

Project Pepeha is co-produced with

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VIEWING DAYS: 14 –22 March 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Waikowhai Intermediate School Library, 650 Richardson Road, Mt Roskill. Enter via school reception. Parking at Hay Park/cricket club behind the school off Noton Road.

POU BLESSING & NAMING: Sunday 24 March 11.00am – 12.30pm
Hillsborough Kindergarten, Richardson Rd, Hillsborough

Tihei Mauri Ora! Ngā Herenga Waka, meaning “the binding of canoes,” is a celebration of all ages and cultures and a symbol of the people residing in Mount Roskill. 
The live carving by Ngati Whatua carvers Te Aroha Witika, and Len Phillips of a large community pou will be influenced by kōrero, wānanga, tuhituhi and other artistic forms in workshops led by Mad Ave and Roskill Together. These workshops are held throughout the community and will help influence the design of the pou. Come and see the live creation and carving or take part in one of the workshops to help create a pou that symbolises the connecting of diverse cultures residing in Puketāpapa/Mount Roskill. 
Nau mai, haere mai! 

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Saturday 23 March 2.00pm & 3:30pm
Shed 1, Te Pou Theatre, Corban Estate Arts Centre

Elders and children of Waitākere share pūrākau of their lives in Waitākere through the magic of song, storytelling and theatre. Devised with the community in collaboration with Te Pou Theatre, this fascination-filled theatrical experience is drawn from a shared learning process undertaken on the beautiful whenua where we live, work and play, and your whole whānau is invited to join in!

Download the programme for He Mokopuna He Tūpuna  here

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