Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival

Thousands of Aucklanders and visitors are anticipated at the third annual Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival this Auckland Anniversary Weekend.



The free, family-friendly festival is a celebration of the unique Māori history, culture and heritage of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), taking place at ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Karanga Plaza and Viaduct Basin.


Tāmaki Makaurau has an extensive and rich Māori history, which links to 19 mana whenua groups. This Māori identity is central to what distinguishes Auckland from other cities in the world.


ATEED works with mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau and delivery partner Tāmaki Herenga Waka Trust to deliver this annual festival which showcases and celebrates the Māori heritage and culture of Tāmaki Makaurau, for the enjoyment of all Aucklanders and visitors to the region.


The inaugural Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival took place on Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2016.


Auckland Anniversary Weekend traditionally featured waka and a Māori presence. This festival restores a Māori perspective to the weekend which marks Auckland’s history.


This festival complements other Auckland Anniversary Weekend events, and allows Aucklanders and visitors travelling to Auckland’s waterfront to take part in other events to easily add the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival into their weekend itinerary.


Visual highlights of the festival include:


  • People of all ages and backgrounds having a go at waka paddling, traditional Māori healing, traditional games and crafts


  • Live demonstrations of waka carving, weaving, tā moko tattooing, print-making and other art forms


  • Crowds relaxing on colourful beanbags, enjoying an extensive music and kapa haka programme


  • 7am, the on-water waka parade, leading into the 8am pōwhiri on Saturday, 27 January


  • Five furry, human-sized, brightly-coloured te reo-singing, dancing, NZ Sign Language signing taniwha in the high energy Mahi Pai performance, 10.30am on Saturday, 27 January


  • 4pm, festival finale – featuring social media sensation Maimoa Music and Adijah


  • 5.40pm, Taisha will perform her song Karanga over the water as the festival’s waka fleet does its final parade


The Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival is driven by Mana Whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau in partnership with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) on behalf of Auckland Council.


For more information head over to Aucklandnz.com.