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Kia ora,

If you're here, that means you're interested or ready to join our global whānau (family). Welcome!
Ethno New Zealand 2024 will be the 6th edition of Ethno held in Aotearoa. It is open to all musicians aged between 18 - 30.

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

A Marae (Māori meeting place) provides the perfect foundations for a pacific Ethno experience and 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 residency will culminate in a number of performances, one of them at the iconic Auckland Folk Festival.

We want to emphasize that we are not exclusively an indigenous project. Our goal is to offer an intercultural experience to all musicians. Being situated in the context of Aotearoa, we have the privilege of a connection to the whānau at Piritahi Marae, a pan-tribal marae on Waiheke Island. We deeply value our relationship with Piritahi and feel thankful for the opportunity to host our project there.

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

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What to Expect

Ethno New Zealand is a dynamic program designed to unite young traditional, world, and folk musicians aged 18 to 30.


Our mission is clear: to foster intercultural understanding and meaningful dialogue through the universal language of music. Drawing participants from both New Zealand and around the globe, our 10-day initiative serves as a platform for sharing, learning, and collaborating.

Each participant is encouraged to facilitate a workshop teaching the group a traditional song or composition from their cultural background, or something that resonates with them individually.


The professional artistic mentors guide this process empowering each participant to engage and inspire each other. Their guidance empowers each participant to become both a teacher and a learner, fostering an environment where mutual inspiration and engagement flourish.


This immersive residence culminates into an inspiring weekend of concerts and workshops across Tamaki Makaurau. 



Dates:  19th - 28th of January 2024

Location: Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island, Auckland


Age: 18-30


Participation Fee:  NZD$600 (includes food at the marae, accommodation, workshops, transport 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. Please make sure that your travel arrangements allow for this.



Ethno Mobility Scholarships (For those who want to come from overseas) Apply here  

Matariki Cultural Foundation Scholarship for a Māori &/or Pacific musician - Please get in touch with us for more details) -  Inquire here

(please write to if your interested)

Note: if you would be keen to offer a scholarship please write to

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