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Matariki Art Market feature artwork Todd Douglas - Ngapuhi

Title: Star:Light | Material: Timber, clay | Description:  Star:Light is inspired by solar activity and the Sun.  Here inspiration is also derived from the many stars that shine in our night sky.


Sunday 27th July | 10am - 5pm


Auckland Museum acknowledges the rising of Matariki (Pleiades constellation) as the beginning of a season of maumahara (remembrance), wānanga (learning) and whakangahau (celebration).

The Auckland wide festival runs from June 28-July 28, and will culminate here with the Matariki Art Market on Sunday July 27th 10am-5pm.

For the third year in a row the Matariki Art Market will celebrate the skill and innovation of Māori artists, musicians, and poets.  This is your chance to purchase unique works from some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s leading creatives and enjoy performances, art and dynamic Māori culture in the atmospheric surroundings of Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Nau mai, piki mai.





1100 – 1120

Te Whanau Rumaki o Te Uru Karaka – Newton Central School  -Kapahaka


1130 – 1200

Bodene TeWhare – Solo guitarist


1305 – 1335

Marcus Winter  - Live art


1400 – 1415

Te Kahu Rolleston – spoken word


1420 – 1450

Tequilla Moses – finalist for Smokefree Pacifica Beats

1500– 1530

Third Gordon Trio – jazz


1530 - 1600

Horomona Horo – taonga pūoro



Artist name



Andrew Hughes


Andrew Hughes, of Ngai Tahu descent has been carving for many years and recently moved from bone carving to pounamu.
Andrew regularly travels to Te Wai Pounamu to obtain greenstone and to develop his carving skills under the instruction of master carver Ric Moor of Rapahoe, on the West Coast of the South Island

Karuna Douglas



Todd Douglas

clay, wood

Primarily self-taught, Todd's work is recognised for utilising a broad range of ceramic techniques and surface treatments as well as combining materials such as clay, wood, lashing and LED lighting.
Todd's contemporary Maori sculptures combine carved burnished clay with contrasting technical glazes and lashing. His work is particularly well known for its beautiful crystalline glazes, referencing pounamu. The theme that runs through this work is the reference to tools, and includes paddles, canoe bailers (tiheru), and adzes (toki).

Natasha Keating

paint on wood

Natasha Te Arahori Keating (Ngati Tuwahretoa, Ngai Tuhoe , Te Ati Hau Nui A Paparangi) has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for 20 years. Natasha creates contemporary ‘Pou’, totemic portraits which reflect the lives, loves and heartache of Maori women today. Traditionally, Pou are the figurative carvings of the ancestors which line the walls of wharenui. “They represent our different illustrious ancestors, and the stories and lessons which surround them. I take my cue from the artistic practise of my ancestors and bring it forward to today in my own style which I have developed over the years. My ‘Pou’ are emotional reminders of the very real struggles we as Native women face in a world that generally chooses to ignore us. The portraits I create proudly confront the audience, subtly stating, yes we do exist and yes we have survived, and yes we actually thrive.” 

Tony Brown


Tony Reihana Brown (Te Aupouri) offers us all a vision of perseverance and triumph over turmoil. An enthusiasm to forge a better life is what fuels Tony’s passion to create works that inspire powerful and emotive responses: “I want to reach out to people who are stuck”. He began painting in 2000 when, after years of drawing and sketching, he attended a night class in painting at Rutherford College. A bachelor of visual arts at the Manukau Institute of Technology followed. “I find that painting is an awesome way of expressing and letting out what’s going on within. It's like a way of being heard,” he says. “Some time during my short painting journey, a spark was ignited and I found an urge to bring the Maori out - to acknowledge my Maori side and to create works that are influenced by this.”

Gabrielle Belz              


The land, people, and our links to each other are a constant in Gabrielle's work. The visual vocabulary she uses is often narrative and is derived from references via history, language, experience, and observation.
Her painting and printmaking is as diverse in its subject matter as her interests. However an abiding theme is her relationship to the natural world. Her series constantly return to the birds that have become an enduring symbol of the watchful, keepers and guardians of the realm. These birds compliment Gabrielle's nature and enable her to explore a wide diversity of commentary on people through the bird forms.

Charlotte Graham

clay, paint, print

Charlotte Graham is of Scottish, Taranaki and Waikato descent - Ngati Mahuta, Ngai Tai, Ngati Tamaoho. Graham is one of a generation of Maori artists who draw on their tribal heritage in order to explore critical issues that affect New Zealand society such as racism, indignity and land rights. Recently her work explores notions of politics and healing.

Ruth Woodbury


He mama, he kaitiaki mana whenua, he pouako mahi toi raranga hoki.  My techniques remain traditional with aesthetics mingled from the world I see
around me.

I follow a journey of learning switching my stance between tuakana//teacher and teina//student at every turn. My work is practical application of ancient art techniques and by this reveals matauranga//knowledge to add to my kete//basket from which I can share.

Kiri Nathan


Kiri Nathan is a fashion designer of Tainui and Ngapuhi descendant. Her namesake line reflects Maori and European cultures with gowns that combine contemporary fabrics and glamour with traditional techniques like raranga (weaving) and korowai (Maori cloaks). Nathan is largely inspired by fabrics when designing

Noelle Jackman



Whiu Waata

Stone carving

Whiu Waata originates from the Hokianga and has been under the apprenticeship of Ross McCabe for the last five years as he has continued to develop his own style of stone carving. Whiu also works in other media such as wood and has participated in a number of exhibitions locally and internationally.

Jimi Kouratoras


Emerging from 18 years as a commercial artist for television and film, Jimmy James Kouratoras’ pieces relish the freedom and boldness of an artist unleashed.  After launching his first solo exhibition at Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery in 2012 Jimmy’s work has gained momentum and confidence in its exploration of Greek and Maori iconography and mythology.  Born to a Cretian father and a Maori mother of Ngati Tiipa and Tainui Tribe, Jimmy has a rich and multi-faceted heritage to draw from.

Te Reo Maori is a very influential factor in Jimmy’s work. Through his pieces he delves into the tactile and visual nature of the language, drawing from the rich imagery that the spoken language evokes.  Spurred on by his desire to understand Te Reo Maori more fluently Jimmy’s works are conversation pieces with past, present and future Maoritanga.

Numa MacKenzie



Hera Johns


Hera is of Maori, Welsh and Latvian descent.  As a self-taught artist, Hera believes that she is free from creative constraints and enjoys working with a variety of mediums. Working with Uku has been a gradual evolution for Hera as she started working with bone, shell and sandstone carvings. For the last six years she has concentrated on Uku and has been working and exhibiting alongside other Maori Artists.

Marcus Winter


Marcus Winter (AKA The Sandman) blurs the lines between conventional painting, street art and theatrical performance… his creations are powerful, mesmerising and if you turn away for a second…. You might just miss something!

Telling stories through making images with sand, Marcus has been wowing audiences by illustrating conference themes or messages through his art.


Just seven months from another magical installment of your favourite summer festival, Splore 2015 is taking shape and they're super stoked to be able to start telling you all about it.

The Splore tea are working on a heady brew of eclectic artists for 2015. Their policy is to try and secure the acts that they know will deliver great live performances - not hype and attitude. All will be revealed over the coming months but in the meantime here’s a little taster:

>> THE CORRESPONDENTS promise to bring it <<

Prepare to be amazed Splorers. This act is set to become everyone’s “festival highlight”.

The Correspondents are currently one of the UK’s best live acts earning their place on the Daily Telegraph’s “Top 10 acts at Glastonbury” two years in a row... and now it’s Splore’s turn… with not one but two performances over the weekend of 20-22 February 2015!

The Correspondents are Mr. Bruce and Chucks. They take the multi-genre approach, with producer Chucks throwing down a solid history of dance music. From Jazz to Electro, 60’s beat to Hip Hop to Blues to Drum n Bass. Seasoned with Mr. Bruce’s vocals depicting the trials and tribulations of Love, Lust and Loss, they create a unique sound that avoids easy categorisation.

On stage they take form as a DJ/MC duo with Chucks hurling tracks at the audience and a flamboyantly costumed Mr. Bruce whipping up a frenzy with high speed scatting and incredulous dance moves.


And oh yes! It's the one and only Mr Riddim Killa himself.
Rodney P, will make his Splore debut this coming February. The godfather of UK hip hop will bring his distinctly London sound to have the Splore massive skanking by the seaside.

>> Swing to the beat of DR CAT <<

Electro swing and vintage remixes are taking clubland by storm and what better practicioner of this art than Dr Cat.

Italian born, London loving (now Syndey-based), DJ, composer, producer and Green Queen Music record label boss, , Dr Cat will bring two scintillating dance sets to Splore.

Collaborating with the best in the business, Luca Gatti aka Dr Cat has worked in the underground electronic music scene with a particular affinity for all things Swing, Balkan, dub, Electro and vintage sounds. This includes the likes of Gaudi, Z Star, General Levy, Spacepolice, JStar, DJ Pony, 99 Posse, Bob Andy, Feel Good Productions and alongside Asian Dub Foundation and English National Opera.



You can get your own golden ticket to Splore 2015, just by heading on over to the Splore Festival iTicket landing page where you will find links to every thing from Festival tickets for the whole family, Reserved Camping options and Glamping  packages.


After many late nights and countless discussions, the Red Bull Music Academy jury has selected 60 music makers to represent 34 countries, who will gather in Tokyo in autumn for this year’s prestigious Red Bull Music Academy edition. Watercolours, otherwise known as Auckland’s Chelsea Metcalf, will represent New Zealand and attend workshops in October 12 - November 14.


The Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals, hosted by the best in the industry. #RBMA is a platform for those who make a difference in today’s musical landscape. This year, Watercolours will participate in lectures and workshops, collaborate in the Academy’s custom-built studios, and perform in a festival of events in Tokyo’s most iconic venues. 

“I feel grazed by good fortune, it feels like I’m gonna be a member of a new clubhouse” comments Metcalf. “I’m looking forward to rolling with a new pack plucked from everywhere.”

This year, the task of narrowing down the huge number of candidates was harder than ever. The Academy received over 6000 applications; around 60% more than the 2013 edition. The final group of 60 has been selected to represent a diverse array of styles, skill levels, methodologies and cultural backgrounds. They will each participate in one of two fortnight-long ‘terms,’ with 30 artists attending each term. 

Watercolours has made regular appearances in the Red Bull Studio Auckland over the years, including being a part of Red Bull Prodigy in 2012 with Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad, Opensouls.) She has been known to travel far from home in search of new, dislocated sources of musical inspiration. But when that’s not possible, she simply embarks on flights of fancy. For one track on her 2013 debut EP Portals, she lugged a slab of wood into the studio and tap danced to the point of exhaustion, in search of the perfect loop. Field recordings are also something of a trademark, as heard on tracks featuring the anonymous voices of female train station announcers recorded in Kyoto, or hundreds of wooden chimes knocking around a tree in the middle of the night. 

After winning the New Zealand Music Awards Critic’s Choice Award in 2012, she’s worked with singular producers of dream pop and hazy dancefloor-driven excursions such as Boycrush, and has subsequently been touring with the latter’s live band, after featuring on his song “Secrets.” In February 2014, the two released a split 7-inch distributed by iconic NZ indie label Flying Nun. With recent opening slots for Cat Power, Lorde and Dirty Projectors, word on Watercolours’ indelible sound seems to be spreading.

Among other selected participants are Istanbul experimental/noise artist Ipek Gorgun; vanguardist N.Y.C. hip hop artist Zebra Katz; and Paris-based singer/producer Lafawndah, whose “island life music” is a synthesis of industrial, ’80s bands and tropical flourishes. Liverpool singer-songwriter Laura J. Martin will contribute her skills on MPC, flute, mandolin and piano; and Lahore artist Tollcrane will bring his margin-walking techno and psych-rock excursions.

The #RBMA interactive website provides insights and statistics about the applicants and participants, which you can check out at


FuZen Entertainment is proud to announce the first selection of top international and local artists to take to the stages at this year’s Northern Bass New Years FestivalYou can read it here or you can see it unfold in our first ever Northern Bass announcement video.

After the resounding success of last year that saw the event programme broaden to encompass a wider range of bass-driven artists, promoters FuZen return with another line-up aimed at creating the perfect two-day New Years sound-track. To ring in 2015, the Northern Bass team has once again chosen a truly global mix by selecting an incredible blend of talented international and local artists – all guaranteed to give revelers an unforgettable New Years Eve experience.

So appearing at Northern Bass 14/15 are….drum roll…..


And that’s just the first announcement! On-top of these great artists, expect more of what has made Northern Bass not just the freshest kid on the festival block but one of the best! This year there is a re-designed site layout; a new performance zone; improved access for campers; and yes, even more bass.

DEC 30th & DEC 31st

Worsfold Farm, Settlement Road, Mangawhai

Tickets are on-sale now from Real Groovy Records, Conch Records and iTicket: | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM


With amazing memories of last summer still fresh, Fuzen Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of its flagship event, Northern Bass, for New Year 2014/15. The first line-up announcement for the Mangawhai event is scheduled for Wednesday 9th July when public tickets will also be available from so bookmark the date and watch this space.

"Northern Bass is more than just music,” says Promoter and Festival Director Gareth Popham.  “But the line-up is the events calling card and we have been extremely lucky through the booking process this time around.  Northern Bass 14/15 is going to be epic!”

DEC 30th & DEC 31st

Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai

First line-up Announcement and Tickets are on-sale Wednesday 9th July from

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19 JUNE 2014 - 1 FEBRUARY 2015
FREE with Museum Entry.'

‘Entangled Islands’ is the first in a series of exhibitions about the New Zealand war experience over the coming years of the centenary. On 29 August 1914, only three weeks after war began, New Zealand troops took over Sāmoa – then under German control. 

It was an event that would entangle New Zealand and Sāmoa through bad times, and better ones. New Zealand’s military occupation and subsequent control of Sāmoa (until it regained independence in 1962) left a lasting impact on the cultures of both Pacific nations. ‘Entangled Islands’ opens the door on a little-known part of our shared history.

FREE with Museum entry.


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