What’s on: Events around Aotearoa in April


Aotearoa Art Fair
Aotearoa Art Fair
Take a look at the cultural events taking place around the country this month.

9 April – 18 May: Six60 Grassroots Tour

Various locations

SIX60 is playing in small towns and venues across NZ this April and May, recording each show to compile a new Best Of album.

Playing in sone of Aotearoa’s most beloved small-town venues, the band will be taking their biggest hits ans rearranging them into acoustic and unplugged stripped-back versions.


11-27 April: Brynley Stent: Pus Goose – Work In Progress

Whangarei, Christchurch

During her childhood, comedian Brynley Stent experienced a recurring night terror involving a repulsive goose that prevented her from crossing a ravine. To this day, she has never conquered it…until now.

Join Brynley for this work in progress hour as she tries new jokes attempts to unravel the meaning of the dream.


12-27 April: Dragon 50th Anniversary Tour

Various locations

Legendary rock band Dragon is embarking on a special tour of New Zealand to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

The tour, spanning eight dates across the country, promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans and music enthusiasts alike.


12 April – 27 July: Te Ao Hurihuri

Te Huarewa Toi Wairau Māori / Wairau Māori Art Gallery, Whangārei

Wairau Māori Art Gallery has partnered with Whangārei Art Museum and its significant collection to present ‘Te Ao Hurihuri’; an exhibition of artworks dating from as early as 1957 which explore the Māori concept of the ever-turning world, a world where the only constant is change.

The exhibition celebrates eight visionaries of the modern Māori art movement – Elizabeth Ellis, Ralph Hotere, Kāterina Mataira, Para Matchitt, Selwyn Muru, Buck Nin, Cliff Whiting and Pauline Yearbury – artists who disrupted the creative scene and forged a pathway for the contemporary Māori art we know today.


Buck Nin – Through the Mists of Time [Culture survives], c.1990, Oil on board
Collection of Whangārei Art Museum

13-16 April: SZA SOS Tour

Spark Arena, Auckland

Grammy Award-winning and R&B icon SZA returns to New Zealand with three shows at Auckland’s Spark Arena.


14 April: Grooves In The Grove

Bracu Estate, Auckland

Grooves In The Grove returns to Bracu Estate in Auckland’s Bombay, promising an afternoon of melodies enjoyed live amongst the olive groves.

Soak up tunes by The Saxobros while enjoying grazing platters and chilled drinks from the specialty cocktail bar.


Aotearoa Art Fair.

16 April: Save The Arts Centre public meeting

Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre, Christchurch

The Arts Centre is hosting a public meeting in its Great Hall in response to Christchurch City Council proposing no funding for the centre in its draft Long-Term Plan, which the centre says will put it on a path to insolvency.

MC Shay Horay will host the meeting from 5.30-6.30pm where you can hear from key speakers, have your say, sign a scroll of support and come together as a community to show how much The Arts Centre means to Christchurch.


18-21 April: Aotearoa Art Fair

Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland

Experience the vibrant world of contemporary art at the Aotearoa Art Fair, this year promising the most expansive and dynamic showcase to date.

Discover and buy works from leading galleries featuring a mix of established icons and exciting emerging talents. With art for sale that appeals to both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers, the fair presents an unparalleled opportunity to acquire unique pieces directly from the showcase.


18 April – 4 May: ScatterGun: After the Death of Rūaumoko

Q Theatre, Auckland

Created and performed by Ana Chaya Scotney, and directed by Sophie Roberts, Silo Theatre production ScatterGun: After the Death of Rūaumoko examines the relationship between displacement, grief and the healing power of home, in an honest, joyful exploration of the urban consciousness.

ScatterGun weaves together poetry, movement and sound, with the voices of whānau from Tūhoe, in a celebration of the profound connection between the human body and te whenua ūkaipō (homeland).


22-24 April: Chris Isaak

Wellington, Auckland

Touring New Zealand this April, multi-platinum artist Chris Isaak presents a night with his entire catalogue.


30 April – 1 May: James Taylor

Auckland, Wellington

Spend an evening with James Taylor, winner of multiple GRAMMY Awards, and inductee to both the Rock and Roll and the prestigious Songwriters Halls of Fame.



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