We are Haere Mai Taiko, an enthusiastic and authentic taiko drumming group from Auckland, New Zealand



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:

2023 - October 15

Hibiki 2023 • Auckland

Coming soon, our third full-length concert!

2023 - April 13

FIFA Women's World Cup • Eden Park

Not only about soccer, the World Cup brought together many countries and cultures, and we were proud to represent both New Zealand and Japan.

2022 - October 13

Late Night Art - Yokai Parade • Auckland Central Library

This 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.

2022 - August 19

Atif Aslam concert • Trusts Arena

We 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.

2021 - July 24

Taste Of Japan • Life Central Church

At 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.

2021 - March 14

Auckland Art Festival • Aotea Square

This 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 Raceway

We were pleased to be invited back to take part in this glorious & colourful event for the second time.

2020 - February 8

Chinese New Year Celebration • Sky City

We 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.

2019 - New Year's Eve

NYE International Broadcast Shoot • Pink Cycleway

This 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 • Waihi

We have enjoyed performing for big crowds at this regular event, with a relaxed family atmosphere, amazing performances, and an impressive range of vegetarian food.

2019 - August 27

NZ Fashion Week, Jockey runway show • Q Theatre

We had so much fun performing for this unique event. Our drumming was perfect for the high-energy environment alongside All Blacks in underwear.

2019 - March 9

Blues Vs Sunwolves • QBE Stadium, Auckland

We 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 Auckland

From 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.

2018 - December 2

Dodo-on sai • Ina-shi, Nagano-ken, Japan

For 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.

2018 - August 25, 26

Taste of Japan • Auckland War Memorial Museum / Auckland Art Gallery

Once 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.

2018 - March

Lantern Festival • Auckland War Memorial Museum

To 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 Square

We have enjoyed participating in the annual Taiwan Day festival since 2017.

2017 - August

Yazaki-EDS Closing Ceremony • Apia, Samoa

Seven 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.

2017 - April 30

World Masters Games 2017 • Auckland

Haere 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

2017 - January 15

NCTV Chinese New Year's Variety Show • Auckland

To 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

2016 - Sunday, October 30

Hibiki 2016 • Auckland

Hibiki 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.

2015 - November 29

Dodo-on sai • Ina-shi, Nagano-ken, Japan

Haere 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.

2013 - November 22

Hibiki 2013 • Auckland

Hibiki was Haere Mai Taiko’s first full length concert.