Ariana Tikao at the Jazz Festival

Ariana Tikao is performing at the Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival on Wednesday 3 April at 1pm.

Ariana Tikao (Kāi Tahu/Kāti Irakehu) performs Māori folk with her own ethereal twist, using taonga puoro and even an appalachian dulcimer and will be accompanied by Ben Lemi Wood and Alistair Fraser.

She will be performing in the Jazz for Lunch series at the Geo Dome in North Hagley Events Village. Tickets ($10) available now at

Ariana’s latest album has been well received since its release last November. It can be purchased via her website on You can also watch her stunning videos there created by Louise Potiki Bryant.

Ariana Tikao photo taken by Aaron Smale.