The Kia Mau festival continues in Wellington this week with theater and dance performances. Today you can head to Wrights Hill Fortress to explore the holidays, and the curtain falls on Jersey Boys with its final performance on Monday.
Kia Mau Festival, opening this week …
Te Papa Soundings Theater, June 8, 7 p.m., $ 20- $ 35
During this intimate evening, Rawiri Paratene shares his own poetry, songs and favorite classical works while regaling audiences with stories from the three distinct phases of his life; Peter, Paka and Paratene. Reservations at iTicket.co.nz
Heyday Dome, BATS Theater, June 8-12, 7 p.m., $ 15 – $ 20
Set in a contemporary world, Brown Crown is the story of a young Samoan woman’s journey through life. Surrounded by expectations and legacy, his life is eclipsed by the ancient legend of Nafanua. Reservations at bats.co.nz
Tapere Nui, Te Auaha, June 9-12, 6:30 p.m., $ 15- $ 30
A physically designed work of theater that explores the pillars of Maoridom, Neke is the search, hunt and celebration of what runs through our individual haerenga as a Maori. Reservations at iTicket.co.nz
Opera, June 9, 8 p.m., $ 45
Fresh out of Hari with The Māori Sidesteps on Māori TV, these talented fullas return with a fresh and enlightening perspective on the evolution of the Maori showband. Reservations at ticketmaster.fr
Random scene, BATS Theater, June 9-12, 8:30 p.m., $ 15 – $ 20
A first work by Shanaia Boutsady. As Maetu sits in her little green house, she recalls memories through her household items that have brought her to where she is now. Bats.co.nz
Te Whaea National Center for Dance and Drama, June 10-13, $ 15- $ 35
Lovingly crafted from excerpts from Witi Ihimaera’s collection of shorts and novels, our indomitable heroines take you on an epic journey through their history, mythology and cultural awareness as we recognize the passion, the truth and the spirit of mana wāhine. Reservations at iTicket.co.nz
The Studio, BATS Theater, June 10-12, 7:30 p.m., $ 15- $ 420
Eat These Words invites you to comfort food your way through Miss Leading’s emotional roller coaster of confronting, political, and miserable poetry (with a few chuckles). Attract participants with snacks. Reservations at bats.co.nz
St Peter’s on Willis, June 9, 8 p.m., $ 39
Building on his experiences of walking, horn in hand, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, composer and saxophonist Callum Passells presents a new multi-part suite exploring protest song as a musical motif. Reservations at iticket.co.nz
St Peter’s on Willis, June 10, 8 p.m., $ 39
Blurring the lines of psychedelia and modal jazz, Wellington jazz musician, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Cory Champion takes his work out of the virtual world and on stage for this unique performance at the Wellington Jazz Festival. Reservations at Iticket.co.nz
Opera, Last performance today, 1 p.m., various prices
With 22 incredible hits from Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, the musical wowed Wellington audiences. The last show is today, raising the curtain on the season. Reservations ticketmaster.fr
Wrights Hill Fortress Open day
Wrights Hill Rd, June 7, 10 am-4pm, $ 20 family, $ 10 adult, $ 5 child
People are invited to guide themselves through the tunnels and cannon sites of historic Wrights Hill Fortress. The walk is usually about an hour and bring a torch.
Pottery Exhibition – Unearth Your Local Potter
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, until June 15, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thirteen potters and ceramists based in Kāpiti and Wellington present a wide range of techniques, styles and hobs.
Kiingi Tūheitia Portrait Prize
Portrait gallery, Queens Wharf, free
The Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award is a competition that encourages emerging Maori artists to create portraits of their tūpuna (ancestors) in any medium.
Te Mauri o Pōhutu
Toi Pōneke Gallery, Abel Smith St, until June 26, 10 am-8pm weekdays, 10 am-4pm weekends, closed on statutory holidays, free
Te Mauri o Pōhutu is a new series of collaborative installations and time-based artworks by Bianca Hyslop, Rowan Pierce and Tūī Matira Ranapiri Ransfield. The exhibition responds to the loss of mātauranga Māori due to cultural disruption and assimilation.
The Big Sing – Wellington Regionals
Michael Fowler Center, June 9-10. Daytime sessions 10:30 am and 2 pm ($ 5, door-to-door sales) & Gala concerts 7 pm, ($ 10-20)
Thirty-nine high school choirs from the region will perform. Up for grabs, the chance to be selected for the national final, to be held in Christchurch in August. Gala concert tickets clerk.
The family trio Pohl-Gjelsten
St Andrew’s on the Terrace, June 9, 12:15 p.m., koha
New Zealand string quartet members Helene Pohl and Rolf Gjelsten are joined by their son, violinist Peter Gjelsten, mainly playing Bach with Tchaikovsky for dessert.
Singles Going Steady: 7 “Open Decks – Capital Edition
Laundry, 240 Cuba St, June 9, 7-11 p.m., free
Be the DJ. Bring and play your own records at our monthly vinyl club celebrating 7:45. Go for 6.45 to sign up for a 20 minute set, then we’ll be playing singles from 7 until late. All welcome, y including beginners – turntable lessons available if you need them.
Author Lecture: Einstein, Jesus and Us – Ian Harris and Richard Randerson
Unity Books Wellington, June 9, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., free
Listen to Ian Harris discuss with Bishop Richard Randerson some of the themes covered in Ian’s new book “Hand in Hand: Secular and Sacred Blending to Expand the Human Spirit,” which continues his exploration of religion in the modern secular world. .
Gillian Ansell’s viola students from the NZ School of Music
St Andrew’s on the Terrace, June 10, 12:15 p.m., koha.
Associate Professor Gillian Ansell, violist of the New Zealand String Quartet, presents a concert of university students in strings. Don’t hesitate to bring a lunch bag and enjoy the beautiful music.
Book launch: Loop Tracks by Sue Orr
Unity Books Wellington, June 10, 6-7:30 p.m., free
Loop tracks is a great New Zealand novel, written in real time against the advancing Covid-19 pandemic and the New Zealand general elections and the referendum on euthanasia.
Book launch: Marie et moi
Mahara Art Gallery, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., free
Robyn Cotton’s New Book Marie and me is the story of two women living with Parkinson’s disease 200 years apart. Robyn, who lives with early-stage Parkinson’s disease, will speak candidly about what motivated her to write this novel.