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Concert: He Wai Nō Rua Whetū

Enjoy a stellar night of waiata performances from Troy Kingi & The Upperclass, and Maisey Rika & Hoea.

  • When | Āhea Sat 25 Jun 2022, 7.30pm–10.30pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Wellington Foyer, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu Free event, but registration essential
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Doors open at 7pm for this event.


  WaiataSinging / songsMāori | Noun
is one of the many ways that mātauranga Māori

  mātauranga MāoriMāori knowledgeMāori | Noun
has been transferred through the generations.

He Wai Nō Rua Whetū is an evening with two of our most beloved Māori musicians of this time.

Troy Kingi & The Upperclass, together with Maisey Rika and her band Hoea, bring Te Papa to life at night with a performance that encapsulates the principles of Matariki.

Snacks and refreshments available onsite at cost. 

This is a whānau-friendly, non-alcohol event.

This event is free but registration is essential – via the ‘Book now’ button above.

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Troy Kingi's new album

Troy Kingi & The Upperclass present Pū Whenua Hautapu, Eka Mumura the reworked te reo Māori version of the award-winning album Holy Colony Burning Acres.

This incredible reworking of the third instalment of Troy Kingi's aspirational 10|10|10 Series (ten albums in ten genres in ten years) will be released this Matariki on the 24th of June.

Holy Colony Burning Acres /Pū Whenua Hautapu, Eka Mumura is a record that focuses on major issues facing indigenous peoples all around the world – This form of politically charged reggae has barely been heard since the days of Herbs and their fight against nuclear power in the Pacific.

This is a hard-hitting deep roots album offering reminiscence of such bands as Abyssinians, Congos and Upsetters, all underscored with empathic Marley-inspired political consciousness.

Holy Colony Burning Acres won the prestigious 2020 Taite Music Prize, and a nomination for the coveted Silver Scroll Award for ‘Mighty Invader’. The album also earned Kingi two awards at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards – Best Roots Album, and for a second consecutive year, Best Māori Artist.

Holy Colony Burning Acres / Pū Whenua Hautapu, Eka Mumura, will be released June 24th on all Digital Platforms and on Vinyl Dec 2022

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Troy Kingi’s new album: Pū Whenua Hautapu Eka Mumura. Courtesy of Troy Kingi

Maisey Rika is a multi-award-winning artist who hails from the serene shores of New Zealand. Maisey’s music has an elegance which resonates such beauty bringing a musical palette of te reo Māori, folk, acoustic, soul and easy listening with elements of deep culture that has traversed many seas bringing her International stardom but yet she remains grounded.

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Maisey Rika’s album Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea. Courtesy of Maisey Rika