C07 Kia Ora Kiwi

  • Sunday, 1 May 2022

  • Fitters' Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston ACT 2604

Ko Hikurangi, ko Putahi ōku maunga.                

Hikurangi and Putahi are the mountains of my people 


Ko Waiapu, ko Wairoro ōku awa                            

Waiapu and Wairoro are the rivers, the waters of my people 


Ko Horouta, ko Mataatua ōku waka                     

Horouta and Mataatua are the vessels/canoes of my people 


Ko Porourangi, ko Rahiri ōku rangatira                 

Porourangi and Rahiri were the chief’s who lead my people 


Ko Ngati Porou, ko Nga Puhi ōku iwi                     

Ngati Porou and Nga Puhi are my peoples 


Ko Uepohatu, ko Te Uri o Hua ōku hapū              

Uepohatu and Te Uri o Hua are my families village’s 


Ko Ruataupare, ko Kohewhata ōku marae         

Ruataupare and Kohewhata are my ancestral houses 


Horomona Horo, one of the gentle giants of Māori music on the international stage. Together with the New Zealand String Quartet, making their welcome return to Canberra, Horomona engages in a delicate dance of purpose and gesture that is the story of music in the land of the long white cloud. This evocative program, featuring New Zealand’s musical heavyweights, uniquely combines string quartet culture at its best with the ancient sounds of the Māori instruments.  



Phil Brownlee/Ariana Tikao: Manaaki (2022)

Salina Fisher: Torino – echoes on pūtōrino improvisation by Rob Thorne (2016)

Gareth Farr: Te Koanga (2017)

— Interval —

Traditional Māori music

Gillian Whitehead: Hine-pū-te-hue (2001)



Horomona Horo, taonga pūoro

New Zealand String Quartet

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Artist Horomona Horo


Horomona Horo is a New Zealand Māori musician and composer. He is a practitioner of taonga pūoro, the collective term for the traditional musical instruments of the Māori, which include an array of flutes, trumpets and percussive instruments.

He has represented New Zealand music in Europe, Asia, South America and Oceania including engagements with the Weimaraer Staatskapelle Orchestra, touring Italy with Canti Maori opera and performing as a guest artist at the Battle of Passchendaele 90th Commemorations in Belgium. In 2009 Horo was described as the “master of his generation” by Maori cultural magazine, Mana and has collaborated with New Zealand composers such as Gareth Farr for the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and Victoria Kelly for the NZTrio. In 2010 Horo collaborated with UK film and concert composer, Paul Lewis (composer) on the Legends of Rotorua project for chamber ensemble, story teller and taonga pūoro. The forty-five-minute composition tells two of the great legends of the Te Arawa people and was premiered at the Rotorua Festival of the Arts in February 2011. Horo is the Maori consultant to Choirs NZ and taonga puoro musician.

Artist New Zealand String Quartet


Celebrating its 35th season, the New Zealand String Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style. The Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and for its powerful connection with audiences of all kinds.

The group’s extensive discography includes the complete quartets of Mendelssohn, Bartok, Berg, Brahms, Janacek and Lilburn on the Naxos label, works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Wolf, Tan Dun, Takemitsu, Gao Ping, and Zoltan Szekely as well as many NZ compositions.  ​

The Quartet tours regularly in the UK, Europe and North America as well as to Mexico, Curaçao, Japan, Korea, and China, and made many visits to Australia, including the festivals in Townsville and Canberra.

As Quartet-in-Residence and teachers at the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī at Victoria University of Wellington since 1991, as well as running two intensive chamber music courses annually, the Quartet has had a profound effect on generations of New Zealand’s string players and composers.