At the heart of Te Ao Hou | This New World are the stone, wood, shell and bone of taonga pūoro (traditional Māori instruments). Born of the earth and water, these instruments produce sounds unique to Aotearoa. Conjuring a realm of light and dreams is Rob Thorne, a master of taonga pūoro, performing the world premiere of his Tomokanga with the New Zealand String Quartet.

Music by New Zealand composers Gillian Whitehead, Gareth Farr and Salina Fisher further ignites the synergies between taonga pūoro and Western string instruments. Another ground-breaking collaboration by the virtuosic New Zealand String Quartet, our leading chamber ensemble.

Rob Thorne Improvisations for taonga pūoro 
Salina Fisher Tōrino: echoes on pūtōrino improvisations by Rob Thorne
Rob Thorne Tomokanga
Gillian Whitehead Poroporoaki
Gareth Farr He Poroporoaki
Gillian Whitehead Puhake ki te rangi 

(The Artists reserve the right to make changes to the programme.)

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Tuesday 06 Mar

A free touch tour for blind or partially sighted audience members will take place at 5pm. To book, please call the Festival on 04 912 0411 or email

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St Mary of the Angels

1hr 15mins (no interval)

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