We ♥ Aotearoa, a Special Two-Part Event at Auckland's Queens Wharf


We ❤ Aotearoa is a group of friends from around the world who found themselves based in Auckland as COVID-19 spread throughout the globe. Whilst being here they have been overwhelmed by the Manaakitanga and Aroha they have received from the people of Aotearoa.

These events are a thank you to the people of New Zealand for being so kind and welcoming, and also an acknowledgement of the hard work that 'the team of 5 million' have gone through to get us to where we are now.

Please note attendance to both events is FREE!

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Whānau Fun Day event - RSVP required through the Facebook event page.
There will be QR codes and onsite registration forms for contact tracing.

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WE ❤ AOTEAROA night event will be ticketed,
first release available on Monday, July 27th via

On Saturday, August 15th a special, two-part event will take place at Auckland's Queens Wharf. To celebrate Aotearoa's tremendous efforts to moderate the impact of COVID-19, a range of activities, performances, and workshops will take place across The Cloud and Shed 10.

For the Whānau! From 11 am - 3 pm, enjoy a carnival of live music and performances, food trucks, workshops and activities including Silent Disco, Animal Cycle Roller Rink, Blake NZ VR (virtual reality) experience, interactive art installations and much more! Drift-racing legend Darren Kelly and international racecar driver Alex Riberas will be on-site (along with their cars) to chat with fans, sign autographs, and take pictures.

For the adults! From 4.30 pm onwards, come get down and groovy to celebrate Aotearoa with live performances from The Black Seeds, Ladi6, Leisure, JessB, Clicks, Sola Rosa, Frank Booker, Flamingo Pier (Live) and Tina Turntables. Taking place across two stages, the live shows will be accompanied by licensed bars and food vendors where you can purchase drinks, delicious kai, and enjoy amazing features throughout The Cloud. You won’t want to miss it!

The story:
A group of friends from all over the world embarked on a 10-day adventure to explore the amazing beauty New Zealand has to offer. As the trip came to an end in mid-March, COVID-19 cases were on the rise globally and they were faced with a decision to make. The country was about to go into lockdown, giving the group just 48 hours to decide whether they would stay in Aotearoa or go back to their respective countries where the situation was far worse. Lo and behold, the friends are still happily safe in Tāmaki Makaurua four months later.

The friends are amazed at how quickly the New Zealand government acted and how 'the team of 5 million' came together to get the job done. They are incredibly appreciative and humbled by the manaakitanga they have been shown. “Personally I feel so grateful and welcomed,” says Teagan from Ontario, Canada. The group is made up of people from several countries including Spain, Australia, Taiwan, England, The Philippines, France, The United States, South Africa and more.

The idea for the celebration began one night in lockdown – joking about having a cool “kiwi band” play at Silo Park. We❤Aotearoa & Whānau Fun Day was born from an abundance of ideas to say thank you to the team of 5 million, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her team, and to celebrate all that is Aotearoa.

The group collaborated on everything for the celebration; from food, community and charity groups and of course the artists, fully committed to supporting local. They have been going back and forth with ideas for weeks.

“You guys are so awesome, we want to celebrate you, and say thank you so much.” says Molly from Liverpool, England, “we hope you will come and enjoy the day and evening with us.”

Written By: Radio13