The 10th FLAVA Festival, ‘Kā Toi Māori o Aoraki’ was held 19 August at the Theatre Royal. There were 18 kura and 12 early childhood centres from the Aoraki region, between the Waitaki and Rakaia rivers, who joined us for the ‘Korohi o Te Pēpi’ (singing of the babies).

The FLAVA festival provides students with an opportunity to discover and experience a breath-taking lens into Te Ao Māori (the world of Māori), and an opportunity to showcase and view their wonderful talent. At the same time, whānau, friends and the wider community were able to enjoy a truly bicultural festival comprised of three categories: kapa haka (traditional dance and waiata), performing arts (waiata, whaikōrero, short stage drama, music, dance and other stage performances) and visual arts (two- and three-dimensional paintings, drawings, sculptures, and weaving).

The festival was organised by Arowhenua Whānau Services, alongside a steering group that included teachers and a number of community organisations.

Once again, the festival was a huge success, with the Theatre Royal and Caroline Bay Hall being packed to capacity for the full day. Groups that had clearly devoted long hours to perfecting their skills treated the audience to some incredibly colourful and exciting performances.

One of the rōpū performing at FLAVA Festival.

One of the rōpū performing at FLAVA Festival.

Tamariki prepare to take the stage.

Tamariki prepare to take the stage.

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Ko Te Wharekura o Arowhenua tērā i whakakanohi i te rohe o Murihiku ki Te Hāro o Te Kāhu, ki roto o Kahungunu Mātangirau inātata nei, ā, e whā ngā kura i whakaōpeti mai, i whakakotahi ai kia tū tēnei tira haka, ko Verdon College, Southland Boys’ High School, Southland Girls’ High School me Te Wharekura o Arowhenua.

I ārahina nei te kapa e Thomas Aerepo-Morgan rāua ko Rivah Hura. Ko te tino whāinga o te kapa ‘kia tū pakari, tū rangatira hei raukura mō tō iwi’. Ko tā rātou, he whakatītina i te makiu kia pūpuri ki ngā kurakura tapu a Ngāi Tāmoko mā, Ngāi Kurumatarerehu mā, ā mohoa noa nei, haere ake! He toa taua mō te reo Māori!

Te Wharekura o Arowhenua.

Te Wharekura o Arowhenua.

After much practice and anticipation, one of the most southern groups to qualify for the competition — He Waka Kōtuia, from Kings and Queens High School, Dunedin departed to participate in the National Secondary Schools Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua 2016. Good luck to all our Kāi Tahu rakatahi who are performing in this event. [Read more…]

Once again, the stage was full as Taumutu together with Rāpaki and members of Te Ahikaaroa stood together at this year’s Hui-ā-Iwi. Looking resplendent as always, their combined performance was awe inspiring. Thanks to Puamiria Parata-Goodall for once again pulling everyone together each Sunday for practices and to our performers for your continued involvement in this annual event. [Read more…]

On Friday 30 October, a number of primary and intermediate tauira kapa haka rōpū around Murihiku took to the stage at Southland Stadium. Whānau and friends were on hand to tautoko the tamariki as they performed at Ngā Pūtangitangi.

The rūnanga would like to congratulate and acknowledge the performers of both the teina and tuakana rōpū who represented the Bluff Community School alongside their kaiako, Paddy Daintith and Kylie Lawson. The group had been practising at Te Rau Aroha Marae since August. [Read more…]

We were privileged to provide sponsorship and tautoko (as part of the organising committee and the kaitautoko/kaimanaaki teams) at the Te Hui Ahurei kapa haka o Te Tai o Poutini competition, hosted by Hokitika Primary School on Thursday 29 October.

The hui was the culmination of months of hard work, countless volunteers and a love of kapa haka – not only by the host kura but by more than 600 tamariki and rakatahi who took the stage to represent their kura. [Read more…]

Interested in having a stall in the Te Matatini Marketplace at Te Matatini 2015?

Then we want to hear from you.

Hosted by the Waitaha Cultural Council, Te Matatini Festival will be held in the Special Events Arena, North Hagley Park Christchurch 4-8 March, 2015. This will be the world’s largest celebration of Māori performing arts, supported by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Christchurch City Council.

We are expecting more than 30,000 festival goers and at least 10,000 hungry mouths will be descending on North Hagley Park each day.

Te Matatini Festival 2015 will be a whānau-friendly, smoke-free, alcohol and drug free event. Instead of hot dogs and fizzy drink, only the best of southern kai and international cuisine will be on offer. [Read more…]

March 2015 will see thousands of kaihaka with kapa haka enthusiasts in tow, descend upon the Canterbury Plains – Ngā Pakihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha – to enjoy the coveted New Zealand Māori Performing Arts Festival Te Matatini in Hagley Park. [Read more…]

Practice is underway for our kapa haka group, which will be performing at this year’s Te Atakura Festival in October. Future practices will be on Sunday afternoons in Christchurch (for times and venue, or to join the group, contact Maani Stirling at [email protected]).

Practices in Kaikōura will be held at Takahanga Marae on the second Saturday of each month, from 10am. The practices in Kaikōura coincide with our rūnanga meetings, which are held on Sundays. All whānau and friends are encouraged to join in for what is a fantastic time together, learning waiata with a special emphasis on all things Ngāti Kurī. Maani’s cooking is not too bad either.

Fusion hip hop and kapa haka wānanga

The first school holidays for the year saw us staging our fusion hip hop and kapa haka wānanga. The crew was made up of 21 Ngāti Waewae tamariki aged four to 17. This time the tamariki learnt new Waewae waiata, haka, and how to make poi. The wānanga ran for five days and each day they had three different classes – waiata, haka and hip hop. On the third day of the wānanga, we had some very sad news that Aunty Babe had passed away, so we prepared ourselves for the tangi. [Read more…]