Kāren Hunter : music as healing, as joy and as service.

Kāren Hunter is a New Zealander with Cornish, Irish and Scottish roots who offers songs to direct our focus on awakening collective humanity on guitar, mandolin, voice and looper.

Comfortable in her own skin, and with a musical heritage spanning many generations, Kāren takes her audience on a journey into deep space drawing from a fusion of world music and rootsy grooves.

Kāren Hunter’s journey into songwriting traverses over 35 years and ten albums. She has visited many continents and musical genres throughout this adventure. Best known as a live performer and as a singer / songwriter on guitar and voice, Kāren has also undertaken many musical studies both formally and informally . In addition to performing Kāren offers facilitation skills and music teaching to others as part of her energy exchange with the community.


Kāren often accompanies other artists and has accompanied festival favourite Matiu Te Huki on international tours to Europe and Australia. Kāren also performs as part of the duo AnaKārena with Anahera Higgins, and collaborates with Carlos Riegel with healing sound journeys.

Kāren holds a diploma in Facilitation from Zenergy Global. As a Zenergy facilitator Kāren has offered facilitation assistance to the transformational festivals Luminate, Prana and Evolve

Kāren holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Auckland where she also taught on the Popular Music programme for several years. Kāren has also taught music privately and at M.A.I.N.Z Auckland campus ( Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand ).

Karen was part of the facilitation team that delivered the Circle Stage at Prana Music Festival in Coromandel in 2015 and 2016.

Featured video –  January 2018 at a show in Byron Bay Australia.
Karen plays mandolin & backing vocals with the Matiu Te Huki Trio.


Festival appearances :   Luminate, Prana, Splore, Evolve, Conscious Roots, Voices of Sacred Earth, Tui Festival, Sweetwaters, Parihaka, Womad Akld, Auckland Arts Festival, Taranaki Festival of Lights, Dunedin Fringe, Taupo Erupt, Titirangi Arts, Christchurch Jazz, Whitianga Scallop, Hero Festival, Whitecliffs Folk Festival (NZ), Michagin Wimmin’s Festival, East Coast Women’s Festival (USA) , Frankston Guitar Festival, Woodford Festival (Matiu te Huki trio) (AUS) , Femme Funk (N.C).

Collaborations : Matiu Te Huki, Anahera Higgins, Kalaish Kokopele, Shona Laing, Dave McArtney, Ross Hill, Awakening Circus, Magic Box Experience, Rhiannon, Christine White, Sexy Recession Cabaret, Alfalfa Meo, AfghaniStan, Linda Chanwai Earle, Tui Mamaki, Mama Yeva, Beata Borcek, Tomas Hasygn, Carlos Riegel, Redwood Reider, Leraine Horstmanshoff, DJ Rire Yoga, Wild Seed Yoga, Jules Bright Cacao Ceremonies, Auckland Yoga Academy Kirtan, Green Eggs & Ham, Plastic Smiles

Opening act for: Ani Difranco, Suzanne Vega, Blue House, Robin McGuin, Mahinaarangi Tocker, Tiddas, Tony Childs, Matiu te Huki, Hello Sailor, Paul Ubana Jones, Beverley Martin, Julie Felix, Dave McArtney