The Modern Maori Quartet brings back the age of the great Maori showbands

Modern Maori Quartet

by Mike Isle

The highlight of this year’s Matariki celebrations organised by the Selwyn District Council will be a concert with the Modern Maori Quartet (MMQ) on Saturday, June 15.

The quartet is a Maori showband-style group, bringing a modern take on a long history of Maori showbands. The quartet mixes acting, pop music and traditional waiata with a good dose of tongue-in-cheek humour, charm, and charisma to tell Kiwi stories in a unique way.

Matariki is the traditional Maori new year celebration, observed throughout New Zealand in June. In Selwyn, the celebrations will include story times, weaving workshops and other crafts at the Selwyn Libraries, along with an evening talk on the Secret Life of the Stars at Lincoln Event Centre.

Council sport, recreation and wellbeing manager, Dave Tippett said it’s great to have a wide range of events to allow everyone a chance to take part in an important celebration. “Selwyn District Council recognises the significance of Matariki and wants to encourage our community to celebrate and learn more about it, especially through a Selwyn lens.”

There will also be an astrophotography exhibition at West Melton Community and Recreation Centre, with photos of the night sky taken by the members of the Canterbury Astronomical Society.

The concert with the Modern Maori Quartet will be held at the Lincoln Event Centre, 7–9pm, Saturday, June 15. Tickets $30 a person, book at For a full list of Matariki activities in Selwyn visit