To celebrate Matariki and the fresh new look of Karangahape Road, everyone is invited to attend Te Karanga ā Hape on Saturday 26 June – a progressive street party that features a fulsome programme of music, art, performance, fashion, workshops, activations, installations, food and fantastic entertainment!
Through the theme of Te Ao Mārama / The Enlightened World, we acknowledge the Matariki star cluster, as well as the 1930s community project that first lit the strip with electric lighting, and the colourful and inclusive vibrancy of the Karangahape Road we love today.
Te Karanga ā Hape calls people to experience the bountiful sights, sounds, tastes and feelings that are unique to K’ Road. From 3pm, the street will light up with live music across multiple stages, outdoor screenings and indoor exhibitions, Matariki markets, free kai and fusion boil-ups, fashion installations in shop windows, fresh street art on Poynton Terrace, free workshops and walking tours, bicycle valets and guided rides, plus a smorgasbord of special offers from locals shops and restaurants. With sunset scheduled for 5.15pm, the celebrations will be lit well into the evening!
A Matariki hub, with a kaupapa inviting creatives into an interactive space to share their skills, will be set up at 211 Karangahape Road. From Thursday 24 June to Saturday 10 July, this public space will host a photographic exhibition alongside a series of wānanga and creative workshops.
Follow the lights or chase the whai along the length of Karangahape Road, around the top of Pitt Street and over the ridge to Cross Street. Printed programmes will be available on the day.
Te Karanga ā Hape is produced by the Karangahape Road Business Association (KBA) and supported by Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and Link Alliance.
Through this event, the KBA wishes to express its aroha and gratitude to all our local businesses for their endurance and innovation over recent years. Plus, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Karangahape Road’s residents, visitors and loyal customers.
To deliver Te Karanga ā Hape, the KBA has assembled a diverse team of event organisers and community activators, including Matariki programme coordinator Anya Vitali, Bike Auckland’s Tim Adriaansen, Arash Barzin from Link Alliance and programme coordinators Chante Neblett, Bhavesh Bhuthadia, Gareth Farry, Julian Cook and Lisa McMillan.
Should it be necessary to postpone Te Karanga ā Hape due to COVID-19, the event will be rescheduled to 24 July.
Artwork by Marcus Watson, Tristan Marler and Natanahira Te pona.