Kapa haka

Wellington city gets a poi lesson ahead of Te Matatini

It swings, it twirls and it flies… the poi is an instrument at the heart of any kapa haka performance and yesterday more than 100 Wellington city-goers had the chance to use one for the first time. The pop-up poi performance, led by New Zealand’s oldest kapa haka group Ngāti Poneke, is one of many …

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Pouwhenua display opens tonight to highlight Te Matatini

A new generation of urban Māori are on display in the heart of Wellington as the city prepares to host the biggest kapa haka festival in the country. Photo: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui The three metre-high pouwhenua mark the arrival of the upcoming Te Matatini competition which expects to bring more than 60,000 visitors …

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Song of celebration sets the stage for Te Matatini 2019

Artists and performers have come together to create a song to promote Māori performing arts in preparation for the world’s largest kapa haka festival. RNZ story by Te Manu Korihi reporter Eden More Photo: RNZ/ Eden More Ten people from performers, tutors or composers of kapa haka, or with a background in the Māori performing …

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