Hear singer Tami Neilson at Tuawhine. Photo / Supplied

Celebrate Matariki & More Fun Things For The Weekend

Kapa haka and contemporary theatre fuse for the Maori New Year, and there's a special assembly of martinis

Celebrate Matariki
There’s ample opportunity to celebrate the Maori New Year: Silo Theatre is offering a new audio experience for listeners to learn the Matariki stars and Te Iwa o Matariki (July 2-18); a double-bill of wahine artists will share their experiences via theatre works Barrier Ninja (June 19-21), an exploration of Hauora and the present-day health system, and Sorry For Your Loss (June 19-21), Cian Parker’s autobiographical story of a young woman who finds herself introduced to a father she’s never known; and kapa haka meets contemporary theatre in the performance Autaia – Haka Theatre (June 22).

Or check out the live music event Tuawhine, which will showcase the voices of Anika Moa, Tami Neilson, Georgia Lines and more. There's also an exciting exhibition Whanau Marama, curated by artist Jane Townsend, in Commercial Bay from July 11.

Hear singer Tami Neilson at Tuawhine. Photo / Supplied

Sample some martinis
Grab your olive skewers because this Saturday, June 19, select venues from across Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour — think Hello Beasty, Dr Rudi’s, Parasol & Swing, Holey Moley, Headquarters, O'Hagan's, Frida Cocina, Oyster & Chop, Saint Alice, QT rooftop bar, Soul Bar & Bistro, and Esther — will be offering limited-edition martini specials for International Martini Day.

Immerse yourself in an Italian film festival
The Studio Italia Cinema Italiano (Italian Film Festival) joins the coterie of excellent cinematic offerings across the country with a charming theme — “dream now, travel later” — and plenty of classics on offer, including Ferzan Özpetek’s masterpiece La Dea Fortuna. On now in New Plymouth, the festival runs until January 2022, taking in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Waiheke Island, Matakana, Tauranga, Whakatane, Taupo, Napier, Havelock North, Palmerston North, Masterton, Nelson, Blenheim, Dunedin and Arrowtown. Cinemaitalianonz.com

Misbehave at a club party
Don your best dancing ensemble for the LGBTQIA+ community’s late-night spectacular Misbehaviour II, which will see the House of Iman, and Sin Howard and Chelsea bring their all to the dancefloor this Saturday June 18 from 10pm until late. Tickets are available from EventbriteEverybody’s, 7 Fort Lane, Auckland.

Visit a floral exhibition
Katherine Throne’s bloom-filled exploration of roses, wildflowers and other flora, In The Garden is on show now at Sanderson Contemporary gallery, until July 11. Osborne Lane, 2 Kent St, Newmarket, Auckland. 


Get your tickets to The Others Way Festival 2021
Karangahape Road’s multi-venue music festival is coming this September, and early-bird tickets are on sale now. Though the programme is poised to be released in the coming weeks, it’s sure to promise some of New Zealand’s best emerging and established artists. Tickets can be purchased in-store at Flying Out, or online at Flyingout.co.nz.

Travel back in time with Breaks N’ Brass
Radio show Flava is hosting a 90s-inspired R’n’B showcase at the Auckland Town Hall, MC’d by Slave, backed by a 16-piece brass band and filled with a sundry of local artist, from Chef-Fu to Ria Hall, Tali, King Kapisi, Rubi Du and DJ Manchoo. Tickets are on sale now from Auckland Live.

Have kebabs
Gemmayze Street is teaming up with Achos Tomoko for a Sunday kebab pop-up. Grab a chicken shish pita and some honey za'atar fries, or dine on a lamb kofta followed by a ba'alewa icecream sandwich. Sunday June 27 from 6pm until late. DM Achos Tomoko on Instagram to book your spot.

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