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As Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) we've been having a laugh with all our choice audiences all over Aotearoa for the past 18 months. It's been memories for life for us boys. Sharing the aroha and doing what we love is what we're about.

Now we're off to Asia - we're excited to have been invited to perform at the 10th Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival in Samarkand, Uzbekistan from 25 - 31 August - we'll be the first NZers (Surely the first Māori, eh?) competing there since 2007. Fuuuu.

On the way to this new whenua we are also doing shows in PJ Live Arts in Malaysia on 23 August and SingJazz Club in Singapore on 1 September. It's on Te way so why not share a bit more Aroha?

This is a special opportunity for us to show new and diverse audiences in Āhia a slice of what Aotearoa means to us as a group. Beautiful and special. There is no place like home and we will be bringing the good ol' garage party to these fullas to see what the fuss is all about!

Whānau ma - we need your help to get our best dressed selves over to Asia! We're excited to represent our beautiful country on the world stage, but we need some extra putea to help us get there.

With the generous tautoko of Creative New Zealand and the Sharq Taronalari Festival Directorate, we've secured funds for international flights, freight and rehearsal costs, but we need to raise $10,000 for places to crash on the way, some flash suits and on the ground costs.

Your support, no matter what size, will help us suit up, wear our whakapapa with pride and show this tumeke part of the world what Māori showbands are all about.

Arohanui kia koutou katoa,




4 August: Auckland SKYCITY Theatre

8 August: Hamilton Gallagher Performing Arts Centre

11 August: Tauranga Baycourt Theatre

15 - 21 August:  Taranaki International Arts Festival 

23 August: Malaysia PJ Live Arts

25 - 31 August: Uzbekistan 10th Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival

1 September: Singapore SingJazz Club



Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) is a good looking, suave and multi-talented Māori foursome who aspire to be global cultural ambassadors for Aotearoa, representing the revival of a proud heritage of world-class Māori showbands. Performers James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Jamie McCaskill (standing in for Francis Kora) have come together from different corners of New Zealand to perform their signature cabaret show An Evening with the Modern Māori Quartet.

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, the Modern Māori Quartet is a contemporary Māori showband in the vein of late great Māori Showbands of yesteryear, such as the Hi-Marks, Māori Volcanics Showband, Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Maori Troubadours, Maori Hi Five, Quin Tikis and The Howard Morrison Quartet.

The repertoire includes a wide range of traditional Māori music, which have been given a contemporary treatment, as well as contemporary music that have been imbued with their unique flavour and twist. Modern Māori Quartet's shows promise a trip down memory lane into New Zealand's musical past and present as well as recent international hits, imbued with song, humour and charm.


  • Six hours to go and almost there!


    Che whānau mā!

    Our Boosted campaign closes tonight and we’re still $2.3k short of our fundraising target, with just SIX HOURS left to go – mea closes at 11.59pm NZT tonight. If we don’t make it, we'll lose EVERYTHING that’s been raised so far.

    Can you or someone you know please help us get there? You can donate as much or as $5 as you want. Every dollar counts!

    Arohanui to all you fullas who’ve shown us the love – we’re humbled by your tautoko.

    Check out this video - it's a bit from our show last night at Rawhitiroa Hall, Eltham, as a great big THANK YOU. This – and more – is what we want to showcase in Uzbekistan next week when we represent Aotearoa on the world stage alongside 60+ other countries.

    Just need to get there, with the suits we need!

    Kia ora mo tō tautoko,

    MMQ x

    Six hours to go and almost there!
  • Almost there! Whānau, can you help?


    Kia ora whānau ma!

    Arohanui to everyone who has donated to our Booosted campaign so far!

    In just under a week we’ll be flying off to represent Aotearoa in Uzbekistan so we need to go looking flash - check us out in some of the new suits we need to get.

    We’re at 65% Boosted which is CHOICE, but we need a bit more help to get there by this Friday. Otherwise we lose everything that’s been raised so far!

    We’d be tino grateful if you could tell your friends and whānau about our Āhia tour and donate. You can donate as much or as $5 as you want, kei a koe.

    Please share the word e hoa mā,

    MMQ x

    Almost there! Whānau, can you help?
  • Did you catch our kōrero with Newsworthy?


    Kia ora whanau!

    We had a chōice night at SKYCITY Theatre last night kicking off our Performing Arts Network of NZ (PANNZ) tour. Great to share the aroha with you fullas here in Tāmaki Makaurau.
    Big thank you to all those who have donated to our campaign so far and shared kind words of support!

    Newsworthy on TV3 also stopped by and we had a kōrero with them about our next few weeks, including the trip to Uzbekistan. Check it out here if you missed it.

    Tour info & tickets:

    Too much,
    MMQ x

    Did you catch our kōrero with Newsworthy?
  • Kia ora!


    Our Boosted campaign is up and running!

    A massive mihi to everyone who’ve shown the aroha so far, we’ve hit the 10% mark!

    Only $9,000 to go for our $10,000 goal. Please tell your friends and whanau to tautoko, it would be much appreciated.

    Lately, we've been up to a lot of rehearsals, mostly at our favourite seaside spot. It's been Choice to have the bro Jamie McCaskill here in Tāmaki to parakitihi with us to get ready for the big tour ahead in Aotearoa before heading to Āhia. Most of us have never been to Āhia before and we're sure it's gonna be an awesome new experience.

    We’re also back on the road for the PANNZ tour - hopefully see you fellas at the show!

    4 August: Auckland SKYCITY Theatre

    8 August: Hamilton Gallagher Performing Arts Centre

    11 August: Tauranga Baycourt Theatre

    15 - 21 August: Taranaki International Arts Festival


    MMQ x

    Kia ora!

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