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Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:32 am

WATCH: Whitireia group earn Taiwan honour

NEW ZEALAND’S own Whitireia Performing Arts was the closing act of the grand opening ceremony of the Nan Ying International Folklore Festival in Taiwan.

More than 1000 spectators watched Wellington’s Whitireia Performing Arts, who were the last of the 22 multi-cultural acts from around the world.

The troupe gave the crowd a rendition of Māori piece I te timatanga to conclude the ceremony which took place in the Xin Yin area of Tainan City.

Programme manager for Performing Arts, Pip Byrne, is proud of her students’ achievement considering so many of the acts are semi-professional.

“We were really thrilled to arrive and find that we were the final performance at the opening ceremony.

“This is a prestigious honour for New Zealand because the best always goes last at these festivals.”

Whitireia have two more shows scheduled at the main stage on October 9 and 10 alongside a gruelling daily schedule throughout the Tainan district.

“Taiwan has been asking us to return for the last nine years and this top billing reflects the impact that the Whitireia group made on the festival in 2005,” Byrne says.

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