Expression of Interest for Te Ara i Whiti 2023

Open date: Wednesday February 1st 2023 Closing date: Thursday March 16th 2023 Online Information Session on 14 Feb at 5:30PM: Application: TE ARA I WHITI:  Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference. It’s an event uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, designed to use the arts to explore what […]

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival Looks Toward A New Horizon

The essence of Māui is coming to life in more ways than one this October through Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival who are proud to be presenting a special season of Rutene Spooner’s brand new cabaret show Thoroughly Modern Māui. Spooner knocked festivalgoers socks off in 2020 with his sold out show Super Hugh Man and […]

Matariki Season Shines Bright in Te Tairāwhiti

Matariki ahunga nui! Indeed the season of Matariki was a time for us to gather together and to celebrate and acknowledge many things. A time for remembrance and reflection, a time for reset and to plant new crops and ideas.  Matariki has also provided a new seasonal home for our Festival with the fourth annual […]

Lighting A Season Of Abundance

Whānau across the district can now mark their calendars with a special date – the Season of Matariki. Te Ara I Whiti is presented by Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival and brings the riverside to life with illuminated contemporary Māori arts and design, attracting whānau of all ages who delight in wandering through the installations, enjoying […]

Expression of Interest for Te Ara i Whiti 2022

Expression of Interest is now closed! Open Date: Friday April 1 2022 Closing Date: Monday 18 April 2022 at 12PM Te Ara I Whiti: Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference. It’s an event uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, designed to use the arts to explore what it means to […]

Online Wānanga on Access & Inclusion in the Performing Arts

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is hosting a series of wānanga, Te Ara i te Matihiko Toi, to support local artists with digital tools and information. For our last wānanga of the series, we have brought together a talented and diverse panel to have a kōrero on the important and meaningful topic of access, inclusion, and […]


Due to the recent community outbreak of COVID-19 Omicron and the move to a Red Light in the COVID Protection Framework across Aotearoa, it is with heavy hearts that Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival’s special, postponed Summer event has been cancelled. CEO and Artistic Director Tama Waipara says, “With this already being a moved event, a […]

COVID-19 Information for Ticketholders

With 2021 coming to a close, we hope that you are spending some much-needed time with your whānau this holiday season. 2021 was definitely a year that we won’t forget – although we could do without saying “pivot” ever again! In October, we were proud to present a locally-focused session of the Te Tairāwhiti Arts […]


A night of art of art, music, kai and magic was experienced by people of all ages on Saturday 27 November at the opening event of Te Ara Patupaiarehe at Manutahi Hill, Ruatorea. The forest fairy trail is the culmination of a project led by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Waiu o Ngāti Porou, […]

Whāngārā photographic exhibition goes online

An exhibition of photos illuminating climate change and environmental wellbeing – taken by the young student photographers of Whāngārā School – are now part of an online exhibition. The project in collaboration with Track Zero, Through the eye of the Lens Te Tairāwhiti a photographic exhibition launched at Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, saw the students […]