Tiki Āhua 2018 - Fashion and Design Extravaganza

Media Release: Tiki Āhua returns to inspire crowds

Contemporary fashion will fuse with traditional Māori arts when Tiki Āhua returns to Te Puia on October 6 – bringing a fashion, design, music and dance extravaganza to the hallowed mist and steam of Te Whakarewarewa Valley in Rotorua.

Featured designers will include social media star William Waiirua, Miromoda winner Misty Ratima and Rotorua’s Adrienne Whitewood, who are among the 30 designers and artists to display their pieces at this year’s event.

Te Puia general manager sales and marketing, Kiri Atkinson-Crean says the eagerly anticipated event will feature streetwear, jewellery and adornment including tā moko (Māori tattoo), daywear, streetwear and eveningwear.

“Tiki Ahua 2018 is a must see one-night fashion and design extravaganza, set among the hallowed steam and remarkable history of Te Whakarewarewa Valley at Te Puia.

 “It is outstanding fashion and design by emerging and established designers, interwoven with contemporary music, art, dance and live performance, as well as exceptional food, wine and manaakitanga.”

 Ms Atkinson-Crean says the inaugural event in 2016 was a sell-out and received significant acclaim. She says the anticipation is already building for this year’s showcase.

“The inaugural event proved Rotorua could provide a thriving and successful fashion, design and art environment, showcasing the best we have to offer.

“Tiki Āhua is an opportunity to merge our traditional Māori arts and crafts - which we are mandated to preserve – with contemporary art, giving both the opportunity to shine.”

Ms Atkinson-Crean says the designers are excited to be showcasing their work, alongside weavers and other artists from New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

The runway event will be followed by a concert headlined by L.A.B, the band founded by the Kora brothers and featuring musicians from Katchafire.

designer Adrienne Whitewood, who will be showing her upcoming collection, says it is exciting to have such a high-end show in her home town of Rotorua.

“I’m becoming increasingly selective of the shows I’m involved with, but Tiki Āhua ticks all the boxes.

“It’s iconic and is important for business development. I’ve had a lot of opportunities come out of showing at Tiki Āhua in 2016.

“Tiki Āhua is definitely something I want to be involved in - it’s the cream of the crop, the best of the best.”

Another designer excited to return for a second time is Henare Jewellery’s Nerida Johnstone, who is “really amped” to get back on the runway, following the success of the 2016 event.

“Designers get a lot of creative license with this show which is wonderful, and it is certainly a very nurturing environment.

“It did wonders for me personally and professionally, being able to showcase what I do and also helped build a great network.”

This year, tickets can be purchased for both the runway show and the concert, or separately. Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster.

For more information, including prices, click here http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/artist/2538281