Waiata ki te wai - Songs for water - with Yo-Yo Ma's Bach Project

Waiata ki te wai
Songs for water

Wed 13 Nov 2018 // 12-1.15pm
211 Oxford Tce – on the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River
Free event

What an incredible day this was. 

We sat together on the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River to acknowledge the rivers of Waitaha/Canterbury through song & weaving. While kairaranga wove harakeke, we sang waiata together, and listened to karakia, stories & music that celebrate this life-sustaining water that connects us all.

This was part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach Project in Christchurch, which explores how culture actively shapes a better future, and involves Yo-Yo performing with talented musicians and weavers of Ōtautahi.

Waiata ki te wai was conceived by artists Kerepeti Paraone (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine) and Juliet Arnott of Rekindle, commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma and produced by Te Pūtahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making in collaboration with Tier One events.

We are honoured to have Yo-Yo Ma performing, and that Marlon Williams will do a special performance with Yo-Yo. Also performing are Sistah Waitoa, Project Miere, a group of instrumentalists led by Tamara Smith, Ruby Solly, and Phil Dadson. Stay tuned for the announcement of other musicians and kairaranga/weavers.


You can join in by learning the two waiata Purea Nei & Te Wai Tuku Kiri that we will sing together with these amazing musicians at the event. This link takes you to a document with both the lyrics & links to films of these beautiful waiata to practice with.