Wednesday, 02 Jun 2021

Maramataka / Calendar

As part of our work to support the emergence of a bilingual music industry, this year we are creating a maramataka/calendar to highlight releases, events, performances, and work which features waiata reo Māori and waiata reorua (bilingual songs).

Whether artists are already recording and performing in Māori, or have just started their reo journey in this way, we want to celebrate their work and create more opportunity for it to be heard. This maramataka/calendar will also draw interest to special events such as Matariki and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, to create awareness and opportunity for waiata punctuations around the country, throughout 2021.

If you have plans around releasing waiata reo Māori or waiata reorua in 2021, please get in touch to let us know.

PLEASE NOTE, PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE CURERENT COVID ENVIRONMENT, THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. If dates have changed, please email so that we can update the maramataka.


  • 2nd-9th July – ‘Matariki’, NZ Symphony Orchestra
  • 2nd-3rd July - Ahi Kā – Matariki / Te Reo Ora o Matariki, Wellington
  • 5th July – Outward Sound applications due
  • 6th July - Karanga by Merenia Gray, Auckland
  • 7th July - Karanga by Merenia Gray, Hamilton
  • 9th July – ‘Te Korakora’, Matariki Festival, Auckland
  • 16th July - Tama Waipara, Māoriland, Ōtaki
  • 24th July - Maisey Rika Live, Ōtaki Civic
  • ‘He Kura Te Tangata’ – Taikura kapa haka event, Te Papa, Wellington


  • Te Marama Pūoru Māori / Māori Music Month
  • Emerging artist competition on Facebook live
  • Launch of RNZ live waiata sessions
  • 5th Aug - NZ On Air music funding round deadline


  • Mahuru Māori
  • 2 Sept - NZ On Air music funding round deadline
  • 6th - 12th Sept - Celebrate Waiata Anthems 2021
  • 9th-10th Sept – Waiata Māori Music Expo & Events, Hastings
  • 9th Sept Māori artist showcase
  • 10th Sept Breakfast with the stars
  • 10th Sept Waiata Māori Music Awards
  • 13-19 Sept - Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
  • 13 Sept - Release and promotion of Waiata Anthems collection
  • 13 Sept - Release and promotion of Pokapū reo remixes
  • 26th Sept - 1st Oct - Reo Māori SongHubs, Auckland
  • ‘Waiata Nation II’ series launch on Māori Television
  • NZSO’s ‘Kia Kotahi – All Together’ ft. Ariana Tikao (taonga puoro) & Mere Boynton


  • 7th Oct - NZ On Air music funding round deadlines
  • 8th-17th Oct - Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, Gisborne


  • 4th Nov - NZ On Air music funding round deadline
  • 11th Nov – NZOA/TMP Waiata Takitahi funding round deadline
  • Aotearoa Music Awards & Artisan Awards, Auckland
  • Tamararo Kapa Haka Festival, Gisborne


  • 13th Dec – Outward Sound applications due
  • Outerfields Festival, Auckland

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