Celebrate Music of the Month in an unmissable series of free, live music events in our Atrium.

Music of the Month is programmed as part of Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia, a series of upcoming performances which strive to build connections between our neighbouring Indigenous creative cultures.

These events will run across three Sundays: Sunday 24 September (TE KAAHU), Sunday 29 October (Pan Moana Group) and Sunday 26 November (Lawrence Arabia).

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience visual art and soul-stirring music together – book your spot today. Join Auckland Art Gallery and embark on a journey of cultural exploration, celebration and connection at Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia.

Learn more and book now.


TE KAAHU is the brainchild of celebrated singer and songwriter Theia (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Tīpā). Known for her bold art-pop songs and her fierce advocation for the revitalisation of te reo Māori, in TE KAAHU Theia seeks to honour the craft and skill of Māori songwriting and storytelling by shining a light on the beauty and vulnerability in waiata Māori.

Their debut album Te Kaahu O Rangi was released to critical acclaim in 2022, winning the 2023 Taite Prize Best Debut award and Best te reo Māori Album in the 2022 Waiata Māori Music Awards. They were also a finalist for Best New Artist at the 2022 Rolling Stone Awards and Best Alternative Artist in the 2022 AMAs.

Exploring themes related to community, colonisation, ancestors, cultural resilience and pride, TE KAAHU’s music will offer poignant kōrero with our current exhibition Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia. Be taken to soaring heights and devastating depths in this soul-stirring, spine-tinglingly intimate performance in the Gallery’s atrium. Don’t miss out on this special experience – book your spot today.

Pan Moana Group

A dynamic reflection of the bubbling wai (waters) underneath the streets of Tāmaki Makaurau, Pan Moana Group draws forth a swirling brew of taonga puoro, (traditional Māori musical instruments) kaleidoscopic modular synthesis, earth-shaking drums and future-poised instrumental combinations and approaches.

This iteration of Pan Moana Group consists of a breathtaking array of local musicians: Abigail Aroha Jensen, Leafa Krause, Eamon Edmundson-Wells, Sione Faletau, Salvador Brown, Parks, Rāhana Tito-Taylor and Navākatoa Tekela-Pule, offering a lively concoction of Tāmaki Makaurau / Pan-Moana sound to resonate with.

Playing to mark the final day of the remarkable 'Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia exhibition', Pan Moana Group say they are looking forward to speaking to their tuakana (elder siblings) from across the ditch, and the works they have brought to Tāmaki Makaurau for us to ponder.

Lawrence Arabia

With five acclaimed albums, a Silver Scroll award, numerous world tours and a popular radio podcast with Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement under his belt, Lawrence Arabia could never be accused of being a slouch. Now Lawrence Arabia – the nom de plume of songwriter James Milne – is securing another jewel for his crown by coming to perform a very special solo show with us here at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Making use of our beautiful grand piano, Lawrence Arabia will pluck songs from throughout his storied career and maybe even throw in a few surprises here and there.

Tickets for this rare and family friendly opportunity are free, but in limited supply. Be sure to book your place without delay!


  • Sunday 24 September: TE KAAHU
  • Sunday 29 October: Pan Moana Group
  • Sunday 26 November: Lawrence Arabia


  • Free - Bookings Required


  • Sun 26 Nov


  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm


  • North Atrium, Mezzanine level
  • Wellesley Street East
  • Auckland CBD
  • Auckland 1010