Haere Mai Taiko perform at many varied events throughout New Zealand. We regularly perform at corperate, sporting, and cultural events, festivals, concerts, or indeed anywhere where the rousing spirit of Japanese taiko is required.
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Here are just a few key performances and events that Haere Mai Taiko have taken part in:
Hibiki 2023 • AucklandComing soon, our third full-length concert!
FIFA Women's World Cup • Eden ParkNot only about soccer, the World Cup brought together many countries and cultures, and we were proud to represent both New Zealand and Japan.
Late Night Art - Yokai Parade • Auckland Central LibraryThis exhibition gave a fascinating insight into one of the more mysterious and lesser-known areas of Japanese folklore. We loved the opportunity to draw a crowd for the event opening.
Atif Aslam concert • Trusts ArenaWe were the opening act for this packed-out concert by the Pakistani international superstar. The huge space was a perfect match for our powerful performance.
Taste Of Japan • Life Central ChurchAt a time when New Zealanders couldn't travel overseas, this event organised by the New Zealand Japan Society allowed people to experience a taste of the real thing.
Auckland Art Festival • Aotea SquareThis large scale collaborative art project invited groups from around Auckland to reflect on the meaning of Aroha. It was one of the first big public events after a tough year of lockdowns and restrictions, so this performance felt especially fresh and meaningful.
Taranaki Multi Ethnic Extravaganza • Pukekura RacewayWe were pleased to be invited back to take part in this glorious & colourful event for the second time.
Chinese New Year Celebration • Sky CityWe love playing in the city. Our drumming is right at home in such huge spaces, and takes full advantage of the massive reverberation that only skyscrapers can provide.
NYE International Broadcast Shoot • Pink CyclewayThis video showed Auckland as the first major city in the world to see in the New Year. Set in some of Auckland's inconic places, we were invited to represent this country's exciting culture.
New Zealand celebrates the start of 2020
Waihi Vege Fest • WaihiWe have enjoyed performing for big crowds at this regular event, with a relaxed family atmosphere, amazing performances, and an impressive range of vegetarian food.
NZ Fashion Week, Jockey runway show • Q TheatreWe had so much fun performing for this unique event. Our drumming was perfect for the high-energy environment alongside All Blacks in underwear.
Blues Vs Sunwolves • QBE Stadium, AucklandWe were honoured to take the field as half-time performers during the Super Rugby match between the Auckland Blues, and Japan's Sunwolves.
Running Events • Marathons at various locations around AucklandFrom 2018 to 2023, Haere Mai Taiko have been performing at a number of running events around Auckland, to support the marathon runners with taiko rhythms and songs. The sound of the taiko drums can be heard by the runners a great distance away, and even though it's also a marathon for us, we love to provide encouragement.
Dodo-on sai • Ina-shi, Nagano-ken, JapanFor our second time, Haere Mai Taiko were invited to join 500 other taiko performers from across Japan for 'Dodo-on sai', a taiko concert organised and hosted by our teachers at Matsuri Kobo. 14 Haere Mai members made the journey to Ina city, in Nagano prefecture, Japan, to take part in this amazing event, one of the largest of its kind.
Taste of Japan • Auckland War Memorial Museum / Auckland Art GalleryOnce every two years the New Zealand Japan Society of Auckland hosts "Taste of Japan", an event showcasing many different Japanese cultural groups and activities. As part of this, Haere Mai Taiko performed a number of times to enthusiastic audiences, within the Auckland Museum's south entrance foyer, as well at the Auckland Art Gallery.
Lantern Festival • Auckland War Memorial MuseumTo coincide with festivities of the Lantern Festival, we were asked by the Auckland Museum to perform a set of Taiko songs in front of the Museum's North Entrance.
Taiwan Day • Aotea SquareWe have enjoyed participating in the annual Taiwan Day festival since 2017.
Yazaki-EDS Closing Ceremony • Apia, SamoaSeven members of Haere Mai Taiko were invited to beautiful Samoa to perform taiko music for the Yazaki-EDS closing ceremony. Yazaki-EDS had been a major employer in Apia for over 25 years, so their closing ceremony was an important event for many in the community.
World Masters Games 2017 • AucklandHaere Mai Taiko were one of the key performers at the closing ceremony of World Masters Games 2017. This was in honour of the next hosts of the games: Kansai, Japan, in 2021. Held at The Cloud on Auckland's Queen's Wharf.
WMG2017 Closing Ceremony Highlights
NCTV Chinese New Year's Variety Show • AucklandTo celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, Haere Mai Taiko performed as part of the NCTV Chinese New Year's Variety Show, held at the Bruce Mason Centre
Hibiki 2016 • AucklandHibiki 2016 was our second full-length concert. After our trip to Japan in 2015, we brought back some new songs to add to our signature favourites. We also featured traditional dance group Nanazu Mai as our guest performers, who came from Japan especially to perform in this concert.
Dodo-on sai • Ina-shi, Nagano-ken, JapanHaere Mai Taiko joined 500 performers from across Japan in this amazing taiko concert. The concert was organised and hosted by our teachers at Matsuri Kobo. Dodo-on sai was held in Ina city, Nagano prefecture, Japan.
Hibiki 2013 • Auckland
Hibiki was Haere Mai Taiko’s first full length concert.