Hihī – A song of place



7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


04 Feb 2022


General Admission $35 | Concession $31.50 | Child under 12 years $15 | Child under 5 years Free | Family Pass $90


Waihīrere Domain, Waihīrere Domain Road
85 Waihirere Domain Road, Waihirere, Gisborne

Due to the recent community outbreak of COVID-19 Omicron and the move to a Red Light COVID protection framework across Aotearoa, it is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the cancellation of the February offering of Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival.

If a place had a voice, what would it say? 

Wai--rere across time has always authored its own narration through the vitality HIHĪ and flow of its waters, environment and people. HIHĪ – A Song of Place draws inspiration from that authority, giving the message of this place human and instrumental voices. 

Nestled at the base of Ahitītī amidst the exquisite beauty of our natural environment, HIHĪ combines haka, waiata, opera and the beauty of te reo Māori to stunning effect.

Featuring remarkable songbirds  Maisey Rika*, Deborah Wai Kapohe, Erena Koopu, Rutene Spooner and Howard McGuire, alongside stunning local kaihaka and a chamber from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, this world premiere opera event showcases the songs of Te Tairāwhiti, well-loved waiata, kapa haka and favourite opera arias performed in te reo Māori.

This event will be the highlight and is not to be missed. 

A Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival exclusive, in collaboration with Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.


  • Due to unforeseen events Maisey Rika is not able to perform in the confirmed line-up.

  • Acknowledgements: Creative team - Teina Moetara, Ruth Smith, Mere Boynton, Tama Waipara
Image credit: Zara Staples

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