Kia Tūhono

Warren Maxwell


Kia Tūhono encourages us to take a moment; to reflect and build connections with Te Taiao (natural world). Via pūrakau narratives and sound explorations of ‘Koro’, an ancient log procured from Wairarapa Moana, we reconnect and recall ancient relationships.

10am - 10pm, 17-20 Feb | Te Whanganui-a-Tara (behind Te Papa) | FREE


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Warren Maxwell (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngai Te Riu, Ngati Whare, Ngati Rakaipaaka, Ngai Te Rangi) has been a professional working musician/composer for the better part of two decades (Southside of Bombay, Trinity Roots, Little Bushman & ex. Fat Freddys Drop).


Warren is an Associate Professor at Massey University in Composition and Performance and in 2016 was inducted into the Institute’s prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’. Maxwell has composed for film and television, performed at numerous Festivals Internationally (Byron Bay Blues Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, WOMAD NZ, BigChill Festival UK, Roskilde Festival). Warren composes and produces from his own recording studio in the beautiful South Wairarapa.


In October 2016 he was invited to Antarctica as part of Antarctica N.Z’s ‘Artist Community Outreach Programme’. Since then, Warren has campaigned fervently around Environmental issues focusing his composition and research around environmental connections (Tūhonotia ki te Taiao) and the impending Anthropocene.


In 2018 Warren was commissioned to compose the opening of the NZ Arts Festival in Wellington, celebrating Traditional Polynesian Ocean Navigation which included a 300 piece choir. The event was attended by a 20,000 strong audience and recently won ‘Best Arts or Cultural Event 2018’ for the New Zealand Events Awards.