Aro Matariki Te Waipounamu 2022 Dunedin, Invercargill & Southland District June 20-July 2

Aro Matariki Te Waipounamu 2022 Dunedin, Invercargill & Southland District June 20-July 2

As part of the 2022  Yellow Eye Artists In Schools Alongside Festivals & Events  Te Urungi project  

  ARO musical duo from Pukekohe will be visiting Dunedin , Invercargill and Southland  schools , marae and libraries    over the fortnight  June 20 to July 2 thanks to  Dunedin/ Invercargill & Southland  Creative Communities as well as  Puaka Matariki & Tuturu Trust  Festivals 

FREE  public performances   ( some workshops )

Invercargill Library Sat June 25th  10.15 am - workshop & show 

Free Childrens workshop 10.15 -11.15 am  / Public Family show 11.30 – 12.15  for a koha admission 

Register for the workshop through the Library Phone: 032111444 / ARO workshop - Invercargill City Libraries and Archives (

 Winton Library  Sat June 25th 2pm – workshop & show  

Free childrens workshop 2-3 pm  / Public family  show 3.15-4 pm  for a koha admission 

Enquiries  ph   0800 732732   ..Workshop bookings for primary school  children on the day at the library   from 1.30 pm , limited  to thirty  

Tūturu Charitable Trust Matariki Festival Queens Park Invercargill   Friday 24th & Saturday 25th   

ARO Free show performances 

6pm- 6.20 pm  on the main stage with participating  school  children invites 

7pm- 7.20 pm  at the Rotunda with light show

Puketeraki Marae Karitane  Thursday June 30th  ( workshop 6.15pm-  bbq  7.15 pm-  show 8pm ) Free Event 

  Araiteuru Marae  Dunedin Saturday July 2nd   ARO  show 2.30 pm as part of an Afternoon Event 2-6pm Fun ,  food learning about traditions & significance of Matariki and the maori new year .

Aro is made up of husband and wife Charles (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Te Ata, Te Ati Awa) and Emily Looker (nee Rice). The bilingual duo share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity. Aro’s signature playful and uplifting sound, using a plethora of instruments and taonga pūoro, including guitars, strings and saxophone. A multi-genre offering of storytelling pop, RnB, electronic and jazz, fusing vocals, tāonga puoro and chants, each song also thematically explores the ideas of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga - looking after ourselves, looking after each other and looking after our environment. The group will present an education programme  delivering workshops, informed by mātauranga Māori of our natural environment in Aotearoa New Zealand, to  primary schools, libraries  and kura kaupapa Māori . These participatory sessions will encourage the  pre teen  children to become part of the show performance  that follows 


We are visiting the following   schools June 20-25   Bluff / St Teresa’s / Fernworth / Otatara / St Patrick’s / Waihopai / Winton /  Te Wharekura o Arowhenua  / SIT Music School ( workshop & industry discussion )

June 27 -July 1  Fairfield / Green Island /Opoho/  Puketeraki Marae with Waitati/ Warrington/ Karitane & Waikouaiti / Abbotsford /  Araiteuru Marae with Bradford / Concord / Kura Otepoti & St Marys. / Maori Hill & Columba