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October 4, 2019 7:00PM—October 19, 2019 9:00PM • Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier and Nelson

Voices New Zealand | Taonga Moana


Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Dr Karen Grylls | Music Director
Sara Brodie | Director/Storyboard
Briar Grace-Smith | Script Development
Tim and Michael Gruchy | Audio Visuals

Taonga Moana - A love letter to the oceans


The Call of the Kuaka
Karakia of the Stars | David Hamilton (New Zealand)
Frobisher Bay | James Gordon arr. Diane Loomer (Canada)
The Seafarer | Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland)*
The Sorrow Song of Whales | Jeff Enns (Canada)
Hind Mahaasaagar | Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*
Henkatan Jiwa | Ken Steven (Indonesia)
A Drop in the Ocean | Eriks Esenvalds (Latvia)
Observer in the Magellanic Cloud | Mason Bates (USA)
Hei te tai Tonga | Warren Maxwell (New Zealand)*

* world premiere

New Zealand’s premier national chamber choir Voices New Zealand perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty and importance of our oceans, essential to survival on our planet. This inspiring concert celebrates our oceans as taonga with uplifting and moving music from around the globe.

A newly commissioned work by New Zealand’s Warren Maxwell (composer of the glorious soundtrack to the Waka Odyssey in the 2018 NZ Festival) will capture his personal experiences of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica when spending time on the ice. Traversing the northern ocean currents, Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi will create a new work about the Arctic Ocean.

A landscape of projected moving images will accompany the music. Created by multimedia artists Tim and Mic Gruchy whose visual designs have featured in works by the likes of Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Festival and Australian Dance Theatre, this will be a spectacular audio visual celebration.


Invercargill | 4th October
Dunedin | 5th October
Christchurch | 6th October
Hamilton | 11th October
New Plymouth | 12th October
Palmerston North | 13th October
Napier | 18th October
Nelson | 19th October

Start time

October 4, 2019 7:00PM

End time

October 19, 2019 9:00PM


Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier and Nelson