March, 2021

2021Sun21Mar7:30 pm8:45 pmTaonga Moana - A love letter to the oceansAuckland Arts Festival 20217:30 pm - 8:45 pm Auckland Town Hall, 303 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New ZealandType:Festival,TheatreWhere:Central AucklandAges:Teens (13 to 18 years),Tweens (10 to 12 years)

Jellyfish in the ocean

Event Details

Aotearoa’s outstanding national chamber choir, Voices New Zealand, presents a breathtaking musical and visual homage to the beauty and vulnerability of our oceans.

Celebrating our moana as precious taonga with uplifting music from around the globe, this beautiful concert accompanies the flight of the kuaka/godwit, from icy northern seas all the way down to a fragile sanctuary in Antarctica.

Starting in the North with a new work by eclectic Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi about the Arctic Ocean, we encounter whales, turtles and mysterious serpents on this musical journey following the great Māori navigator Ui-Te-Rangiora on his quest to save the oceans. Travelling through Latvia, Canada, the US and Indonesia, we arrive at a sanctuary – the majestic Antarctic – captured in a new work by New Zealand’s Warren Maxwell, and inspired by his own, personal experiences on the ice.

Conducted by Karen Grylls, with elegant direction and choreography by New Zealand Arts Laureate Sara Brodie, Taonga Moana is set to a stunning landscape of projected moving images.

This spectacular theatrical event is an ode to the power and poetry of oceans – essential now more than ever to survival on our planet.

Children under 3 years old will not be admitted to the event. All children under 14 years old must be accompanies by a guardian or parent.

Image: Tim Mossholder

Due to Auckland being at Alert Level 3 on Saturday 6 March, the performance Taonga Moana – A love letter to the oceans was unable to go ahead. A new date – Sunday 21 March – has now been confirmed.


Tickets $39 to $79


Auckland Arts FestivalA globally recognised celebration of art and culture, Auckland Arts Festival is a place for ambitious ideas by storytellers, provocateurs and creators and reflects Auckland's contemporary, cosmopolitan city with its many communities.Phone: 09-309 0101 Level 5, Wellesley Centre, 44–52 Wellesley Street, Auckland City, 1010