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Matariki 2024

We're excited to begin the new year with a few gigs, the first of 2024 for us, after welcoming our new pēpi in Janurary!


Saturday 22nd June, Whakarewa Manu Tukutuku Kite Day at Ngā Hau e Whā marae, Pukekohe

Friday 27th & Saturday 28th June, Murihiku Matariki 

We're excited to be back in Invercargill for Matariki, performing at 6pm both nights, and at 4pm each afternoon we'll be hosting interactive shows focused around the ngahere


Thursday 4th July Maanawatia a Matariki ki Pukekohekohe 

Excited to be invited to headline this festival right here in our local neighbourhood! Performing 8.40pm so wear your warm clothes and come along!

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Reimagine Festival - Taranaki

We're looking forward to being back in Taranaki in October for a week at the Taranaki Arts Festival! We're bringing school workshops to hundreds of tamariki across the region, 2 ticketed shows, as well as a special free relaxed performance, "available for anyone who could benefit from a comfortable environment - designed to welcome neurodiverse people, those with sensory and communication needs and audiences with learning disabilities."

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Access & Inclusion show: Friday 13 October 1 - 2pm - Te Whare Hononga (Taranaki Cathedral)

Ticketed shows:

Fri 13 Oct, 7:00 PM - Te Whare Hononga, Taranaki Cathedral TICKETS

Sat 14 Oct, 7:00 PM - Ohawe Hall,Ohawe Terrace, Hawera TICKETS

Aro at Kōanga Festival - Te Pou Theatre - Auckland

A fun filled day celebrating storytelling at Te Pou Theatre
 - Henderson
16 September | 10am - 4am


Aro - FIFA Fan Club

Aro are bringing their sounds to the FIFA Fan Club in Auckland at The Cloud on August 2nd pre match from 6-7pm! Free for all, come enjoy the sounds while gearing up for another epic game at the FIFA Women's World Cup!


Aro - An Arts on Tour nationwide tour

"…adds up to a warmth of experience, wholly original, anchored in Aotearoa, that left all
who had been present to it with the feeling of having been let in on a special secret." - Rosheen Fitzgerald - gig review at The Common Room – Hastings

This refreshing performance includes elements of folk, soul, haka, and a touch of jazz to
bring audiences of all ages together in a celebration of the natural world that surrounds us.
Aro perform songs in a mix of Te Reo Māori and English, blending the two worlds of Charles
and Emily in song.

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Friday 30 June 8pm Onewhero
OSPA Theatre

Sunday 9 July 2:30pm Thames
Kauaeranga Hall
Tickets: $22 pre-book; $25 on the day
TXT: 021912993 or E: or
Shop: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames

Tuesday 11 July 7pm Opotiki
Opotiki Arts Society Hall

Friday 14 July 7:30pm Carterton
Carterton Events Centre

Saturday 15 July 11.30am at Te Papa - Wellington

Matariki Whakangahau | a whānau show celebrating Matariki!

Saturday 15 July 5pm Upper Hutt
Whirinaki Whare Taonga, Matariki Upper Hutt
Tickets: Free

Sunday 16 July 7:30pm Kaikoura
The Mayfair Arts and Culture Centre
Tickets: GA $30; Students $20

Monday 17 July 7pm Lincoln
The Laboratory - 17 West Belt
Tickets: $20
or phone 03 325 3006

Tuesday 18 July 7:30pm Amberley
Balcairn Hall
Tickets: $30

Wednesday 19 July 7pm Ashburton
Ashburton Event Centre
Tickets: GA $25; Group 6+ $20 each; Student 18 & under $10 (fees apply) or venue box office

Thursday 20 July 7:30pm Christchurch
Great Hall, Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre
Tickets: $25

Friday 21 July 7:30pm Hokitika
Old Lodge Theatre, 11 Revell Street
Tickets: $25 Hokitika's Regent Theatre

Saturday 22 July 2pm Reefton
Reefton Club
Tickets: GA $25; 15 years and under free
Door Sales or ph. (03)7328542

Sunday 23 July 7:30pm Onekaka
The Mussel Inn
Tickets: $15 Door Sales

Tuesday 25 July 7pm Whanganui
Whanganui War Memorial Centre, Concert Chamber
Tickets: $25 Royal Whanganui Opera House - Box Office

Wednesday 26 July 7:30pm New Plymouth
4th Wall Theatre
Tickets: $25

Saturday 29 July 7:30pm Whangarei
The Riverbank Centre, Reyburn House Lane
Tickets: $30 

Sunday 30 July 4pm Whangaroa
Whangaroa Memorial Town Hall
Tickets: FREE - Koha Welcomed

Matariki Whakangahau | Concert: Aro

Come along and experience the sounds of husband and wife duo, Charles (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Te Ata, Te Ari Awamutu) and Emily Looker. The pair share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity.

Franklin Music Nights | Pukekohe Auckland

Aro are performing at the whānau friendly event in Pukekohe, hosted at Franklin Art Centre. 

A free show for the community, and the first time Aro are performing their tunes at a show in their local town!


Festival of Colour | Wānaka 

Come and enjoy the delightful musical stories of Emily and Charles of Aro as they share a collection of beautiful waiata about the ocean creatures of Aotearoa. 

Fun for the whole family, this performance includes soul, haka and jazz to bring audiences of all ages together to discover the natural world around us. 


Luggate Hall - Wānanka
Sunday 2 April - 10am

Cuba Dupa | Wellington

Excited to be making our debut at Cuba Dupa this year - performing at 2.45pm on Sunday 26th March on NGĀ TOI O TE ARO - Intersection Taranaki & Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington


Aro: He Wai | Auckland Arts Festival 2023 (Take 2!)

"Storytelling – evocative and diverse, wholly original, and anchored in Aotearoa."

Enjoy the lyrical and interlocking vocals of Emily and Charles of Aro as they present He Wai, a collection of waiata celebrating the marine life that live in the waters off the coasts of this beautiful country, along with award-nominated waiata about the native birdlife of this land.

Fun for the whole family, this performance includes elements of folk, soul, haka, and jazz to bring audiences of all ages together in a celebration of the natural world that surrounds us.

Children, rangatahi, and adults alike are encouraged to dress up as their favourite animal or in their best dancing clothes and groove to the music of this celebrated and talented duo.

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Aro performing at Pikniki Teti Pea!

"Line-up Update! We're pleased to announce that musical duo Aro will be joining us on the Silo Park stage for our pikiniki" 10-2pm Sat 11th March at Silo Park

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Waitangi Weekend | Athenree Hot Springs & Holiday Park - Cancelled due to floods

We're heading back to the awesome campground in Athenree for Waitangi weekend - free concert on Sunday 5th Feb - at the campground

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TSB Festival of Lights | New Plymouth

Our first gig of 2023 - stoked to be part of the awesome Festival of Lights this year!!


Christmas at the Pā | Papakura, Auckland

Excited to be bringing sounds to this festive event - Aro will be performing at 5.40pm, come along!

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Aro whānau show | Auckland Art Gallery

Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) with a special waiata performance by Aro, a bilingual music duo who passionately believe in the power of language and music to share stories about our cultural identities and whenua (land) with tamariki and adults.

Sat 17 Sep 2022 11 – 11.30am



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Sat 4th June | Taste of Pasifika  – 3pm on Queens Wharf, Auckland Details

Friday 10th June | The Raumati Social Club – 7pm Tickets

Tuesday 14th June | The Academy, Geraldine – 7pm Tickets

Sat 18th June | Bellamys Gallery, Dunedin – 7pm  Tickets

Friday 24th June | Murihiku Matariki, Queens Park Invercargill 6 – 8pm

Saturday 25th June | Invercargill Public Library 11 am

Saturday 25th June | Winton Public Library 3 pm

Saturday 25th June | Murihiku Matariki Queens Park Invercargill 6- 8pm

Thursday 30th June | Puketeraki marae Karitane – public workshop and show from 6.30 pm

Sat 2nd July | Araiteuru Marae Dunedin Public show 2.30 pm

Sat 8th July | Auckland Art Gallery – family show 10.30am

Aro: He Wai | Auckland Arts Festival 2022

"Storytelling – evocative and diverse, wholly original, and anchored in Aotearoa."

HE WAI RELEASE TOUR | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 - Cancelled  due to Covid :(

Stories of our Waters





Unfortunately due to Covid19,  ALL the shows of this tour have been cancelled :(

4th Sept - Dunedin - Bellamys Gallery

11th Sept - Matamata - House with no nails 

17th Sept - New Plymouth - 4th Wall Theatre 

23rd Sept - Picton - Le Cafe

24th Sept - Nelson - The Boathouse 

9th October - Russell - D'vine Oasis

Labour Weekend - Wellington Folk Festival 

30th October - Auckland - Music on the Mall Onehunga


 Sat 12th March, 4pm: Aro - He Wai at Te Oro (Glen Innes) - Cancelled due to covid

Sat 19th March, 4pm: Aro  - He Wai at Hawkins Theatre (Papakura) - Cancelled due to covid

Sun 20th March 3pm: Aro -  He Wai at Ostend War Memorial Hall (Waiheke Island) - Cancelled due to covid

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He Wai Release Tour | Sept/Oct 2021 - Cancelled  due to Covid :(

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Aro whānau performances |  Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki are proud to bring you award-winning Aro Music to spice up your day. 

Aro will deliver a magical interactive family performance packed full of fun, music and stories which tie us to our land and all that live within it.


End New Zealand Music Month at the Gallery and join in the fun at 11am each day from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th May

CLICK HERE for more info

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Aro's mini Summer Tour 2021 | Wellington, Hamilton & Auckland



Wellington Gardens Magic - Free Show - Weds 27th Jan at Wellington Botanic Gardens 8 - 9.30pm


Festival One - Tickets - Sat 30th Jan on the Market Stage  1 - 1.45pm

Auckland Folk Festival - Tickets - Sat 30th Jan at the Main Marquee 6pm & Sunday 31st Jan at the Main Marquee 8pm

Music in Parks - Free Show - Sat 27th Feb - more details to follow

He Manu Anō Release Tour | Aug/Sept 2020





Onewhero Society of Performing Arts | September 26th

Tickets available here

10am | Saturday 12th September

At Little Guy Bagel & Brew

373 Mount Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui


Mt Maunganui Pop - up gig  | 12 Sept 2020


Aro's Virtual Nationwide Tour  | April 2020


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Friday 3 April 8:00pm Kaeo

Sunday 5th April 7:30pm Opotiki

Friday 10 April 8:00pm Hokitika

Saturday 11 April 7:30pm Cromwell

Sunday 12 April 8:00pm Queenstown

Wednesday 15 April 7:30pm Oamaru

Thursday 16 April 7:30pm Christchurch

Friday 17 April 8:00pm Ashburton

Saturday 18 April 8:00pm Balcairn

Monday 20 April 7:00pm Lincoln

Wednesday 22 April 8:00pm Onekaka

Friday 24 April 8:00pm Picton

Sunday 26 April 6:30pm Waipawa

Wednesday 29 April 7:30pm Thames

Aro Campground Tour #3 | Summer '19 - '20

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Aro Manu Album Release Tour | Autumn 2019

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Aro Campground Tour #2 | Summer '18 - '19

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Aro Nationwide Tour | 2018

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Aro Campground Tour #1 | Summer '17 - '18

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