Friday May 10


Kiwimusicana from The Eketuhuna Kid

“An essential Kiwi experience”

Thames Star

Veteran folkie Mike Harding presents songs from the lighter side of Kiwi ‘culture’, the daggier end of our homegrown repertoire… songs from small towns and back-country roads, from the radio and the rodeo, the city and the shed… love songs, pub songs, pop songs, dog songs, down-the hall-on-Saturday-night songs… songs from the Kiwi songwriters who have helped us to laugh at and love ourselves and where we live.

Mike is a musical storyteller at ease with his instrument, his audience and his mission to locate, archive, learn and perform the folk and popular songs of New Zealand’s past and present, from our colonial and folk roots to the Kiwi music of today.

Come along on May 10th to experience Mike celebrating New Zealand, its people and their stories… Kiwimusicana and Mike doing what he does best: songs of home with humour and affection, spontaneity and musical skill. 


Born 1952 in Eketahuna Maternity Hospital, later to be a rest home (and finally a goat paddock), Mike spent his early years growing up in Tiraumea, Pleckville,  Alfredton and Newman before moving into town… Eketahuna.

 Growing up in a small-town way: rugby at the domain, swimming in the baths and the river, playing at the dump. At high school Gilbert & Sullivan, at home Barry Crump. Friday night shopping trips to Masterton. Shearing gangs, possum traps, country roads and country pubs. Pongaroa, Akitio, Riversdale, Castlepoint, the Rimutakas, Wellington. 

Palmy, first guitar, long hair and lectures. A short, shorts-and-walksocks teaching career. Camped outback, enticed to Auckland by Bohemian folk singers. Musical apprenticeship began. Poles Apart folk club, Cook Street Market, street music in Parnell Village and K. Road. Hitchhiking and touring Highways 1 to 91 with solo shows of homegrown songs. Programmes for National and Replay Radio. Kaponga’s Rowan Studios. When the Pakeha Sings of Home for Godwit Press and the Songs From the Shaky Isles tour. Playing with Taranaki combo Gumboot Tango.

“Add Mike Harding to the slowly growing list of New Zealand living treasures”

Waikato Times


Concerts sometimes sell out. 

To guarantee your seat, advance tickets are available at the Arts Junction or by booking online via the link below: a booking fee applies.


The Arts Junction,
36 Main Road, Katikati

Doors open early at 6:30pm

Show starts early at 7:00pm

Intermission around 8:00pm

Door Admission

Members just $20

Non-Members $25

Children free


Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits at break. 

A cash bar is available for wine and beer.