We believe that art is vital to personal and community wellbeing and these benefits should be accessible to all. As part of our mission to make art more accessible to more New Zealanders we are piloting a new values-driven ticketing platform for 2024 called Choose Your Price | Kōwhiria Tō Utu for a range of performances across the Festival from Wellington to Ōtaki.

Choose Your Price I Kōwhiria Tō Utu empowers you to select your ticket price based on what you can afford, with no booking fees.

Choose Your Price shows for 2024 are:

  • Our Own Little Mess by A Slightly Isolated Dog at Circa Theatre, Sunday 25 February, 4pm. Due to cast illness, unfortunately Our Own Little Mess performances on Sat 24 Feb and Sun 25 Feb have been cancelled. All ticketholders will be contacted directly by iTICKET to arrange a refund or exchange to another Festival show.
  • The Savage Coloniser Show by Tusiata Avia at Circa Theatre, Sunday 3 March, 4pm
  • Gravity and Grace by Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken at Circa Theatre, Sunday 10 March, 2pm
  • Tararua: Bird Like Men at the Māoriland Hub, Ōtaki, Friday 1 March, 7:30pm


Choose Your Price puts the power of price in your hands. You decide from five price point options.


Unlike traditional reserve pricing, the price you choose does not dictate where you sit. You have access to the best seats even if you choose the lowest ticket price.

What do the prices mean?

KŌWHAI: Come on in. Our most affordable tickets welcome you to choose your seat anywhere in the venue.

NIKAU: If you are looking to support the arts in a way that better fits your budget, this is the price for you.

RIMU: The recommended price, enabling us to continue delivering arts experiences to all.

KAURI: By paying a little more, you’re creating opportunities for others to attend while supporting those who make these events possible.

TŌTARA: Thank you for your generosity! Each Tōtara ticket purchased subsidises lower priced tickets, helping us open doors to new experiences for more people.

Please be kind – there are a limited number of Nikau and Kōwhai tickets available; more will be released each time Kauri and Tōtara tickets are sold.