Whakapapa Aronui

About aronui

Aronui is a celebration of Rotorua and the people who live here, an opportunity for us to come together to enjoy a full schedule of entertainment which showcases the mauri (life essence) of what makes Rotorua unique.

We are blessed to have some amazing entertainers, artists and kaupapa Māori practitioners who want to share their talents with you as well as define why Rotorua is the heart of Te Arawa culture. 

Aronui Vision

Whakamana, Hāpaitia, Tukuna kia rere

To celebrate share and inspire through indigenous arts

Ko wai mātau?

Who are we?

Aronui, the Rotorua Indigenous Arts Festival, has been created in partnership with representatives from the following key organisations, which have helped weave together the whāriki (foundations) of the ahurei (festival): 

Te Puia is New Zealand’s largest cultural tourism operation and home to the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. NZMACI is a recipient and guardian of a strong, nationally-focussed cultural legacy, and is at the forefront of Māori cultural representation; locally, nationally and intentionally. Its mandate is delivered both through NZMACI’s four wānanga (schools of wood, stone, and bone carving, as well as weaving in Rotorua, and a canoe building school based in the North of New Zealand), as well as a series of significant cultural projects in New Zealand and around the world.


The institute’s general manager, Eraia Kiel, (Te Arawa) says Aronui builds on NZMACI’s vision of supporting indigenous cultures and hopes it will encourage other native artists from abroad to come to Rotorua.

“It’s humbling to know a festival such as Aronui – reminds us of how many Te Arawa trailblazers Rotorua has – and who are showcasing their talents across the world. Aronui is a reflection of the world’s awakening to indigenous power – for us, as Māori, knowledge is hidden in arts and culture,” he says.

The Aronui Arts Festival also acknowledges the support from these following agencies: 

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