Kia ora,

If you're here, that means you're interested or ready to join our global whānau (family). Welcome!
Ethno New Zealand 2023 will be the 5th edition of Ethno held in Aotearoa. It is open to all musicians aged between 18 - 30.

This year, Ethno New Zealand will be held on Piritahi Marae on Waiheke Island. It will be a week of young musicians teaching each other their traditional music, sharing cultural experiences and taking part in workshops.

A Marae (Māori meeting place) provides the perfect foundations for a pacific Ethno experience. This is a unique experience that will give you a deeper understanding of our indigenous peoples of New Zealand and our many other cultures that reside here in Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud) all while creating musical magic. The week will culminate in a number of performances, one of them at the iconic Auckland Folk Festival.

We can't wait to meet you. Join us!

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Location: Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island, Auckland


Age: 18-30


Participation Fee:  (includes food at the marae, accommodation, workshops and performances)


Sleeping Arrangements: Marae style - everyone together in the main whare/house. You will need to provide your own sleeping bag and preferably mat/pillow etc.


For those who have never stayed on a marae, there are some important protocols to be aware of. In the introduction session we will make sure that everyone is clear on these. Some basic protocols include not eating in certain spaces, not sitting on tables, shoes off inside etc. All guests will be provided with clear information about the Tikanga.


It is very important that all participants are part of the pōwhiri welcome on the first day - otherwise you will not be allowed to come onto the marae. Please make sure that your travel arrangements allow for this.



Ethno New Zealand is happy to be able to offer several full scholarships for Ethno New Zealand 2021. Application forms can be found below, and applications close on November 30, 2020.
Note: Applications for the Ethno Mobility Scholarships are still open!

Auckland Folk Festival Scholarship for Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasifika musicians. 

Apply here

Ethno Mobility Scholarships for citizens from the following countries temporarily residing in New Zealand: 
Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Malawi, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, and the United States of America.

Please contact us at

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) Scholarships for a musician from a refugee background 

Coming Soon

We look forward to receiving your application!