Let your voices soar with us as we kick off the Festival in style again at TIRA in Aotea Square.

Song sheets available in braille

Performance Wed 11 Mar 6.00pm
Designated access area for those who require it.
Song sheets  available in braille on request.
EMAIL [email protected] to request.

Join Hollie Smith, Hātea Kapa Haka and choirs from around Auckland in singing a playlist of iconic waiata.

14 years ago, amidst the backdrop of Mt Roskill and from the soundtrack of Toa Fraser’s hit movie, No. 2, Hollie Smith electrified the airwaves with her iconic rendition of ‘Bathe in the River’, penned by Don McGlashan. The song spent 37 weeks in the top 40 and is now part of the soundtrack of a nation, while Hollie Smith has become one of Aotearoa’s most beloved voices. To open this year’s Auckland Arts Festival, Hollie Smith is breathing new life into this mighty waiata, by singing a reo Māori version.

From ‘Bathe in the River’ to the National Anthem in te reo Māori, waiata set to the tune of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and soulful tunes by Hollie Smith, we are set to sing our hearts out together at TIRA 2020.

Turn up on the night and sing-along, or join us for open rehearsals in the lead up to the event.


Creative Director Tama Waipara
Music Director  Steven Rapana

Hollie Smith
Hātea Kapa Haka
Auckland choirs

Image Eu-Lee Teh
Troy Kingi & Ria Hall performing at TIRA, 7 March 2019

Supported by

Stout Trust Black3Foundation North8

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