Ngā Hinepūkōrero – Spoken Word Poets in residence


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Spoken word poets Ngā Hinepūkōrero are in residence, running workshops and performing in the Gallery’s North Atrium over five days.

Plus, learn how to craft your own spoken word poems in a public, open-age workshop on Sunday 18 April – watch this space for bookings!

Enjoy two free live performances: (be prepared for strong themes, emotions and language)

  • 7pm, Friday 16 April – A delicious hour of spoken word with Ngā Hinepūkōrero and Nathan Joe, Aiwa Pooamorn, Liam Jacobson and Samuel Te Kani.
  • 2–2.30pm, Sunday 18 April – Ngā Hinepūkōrero

Whānau Drop-in

  • 2–2.30pm, Saturday 17 April – Word Play. A fun, playful way to introduce tamariki to spoken word. Location: South Atrium


Ngā Hinepūkōrero are four wāhine Māori who have been winning Grand Slam events across Australasia since 2018. They use the spoken word as a platform to bring attention to important topics and issues in our country, especially those that affect Māori, intertwining waiata and te reo Māori in their work to express their love for whakapapa and culture. Their poetry is witty, intelligent, profound and hard hitting.

Ngā Hinepūkōrero – Arihia Hall (Te Arawa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Tukorehe), Terina Wichman-Evans (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Te Aupouri), Manaia Tuwhare-Hoani (Ngāti Wai Ngāpuhi) and Matariki Bennett (Te Arawa) recently received the Ngā Manu Pīrere award which recognises an emerging artist or collective showing potential in their artform at Creative NZ's Te Waka Toi Awards.

North Atrium
FREE public performances | $5 workshop

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