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Kiwi performers from Wellington and Waikato form alliance in Tainan

Oct 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Diversity, Front Page Layout, Latest News

PUKANA!: The Whitireia performers clicked well with the Waikato group. IMAGE: Matthew Lau

PUKANA!: The Whitireia performers clicked with the Waikato group. IMAGE: Matthew Lau

TWO New Zealand performing troupes are appearing in an international dance festival in Taiwan.

Whitireia has been performing at such events for many years, and has never met a fellow group from Aotearoa before.

Wellington’s Whitireia Performing Arts and Waikato’s Tamaki-Hauraki Kowhao Rau held a he whakawhanaungatanga, which is an establishment of kinship.

The event took place in the foyer of National Cheng Kong University, Tainan city, after the Nan Ying International Folklore Festival press conference for the festival opening.

Whitireia tour director, Tuaine Robati, asked if they could share their song E Hika e Para with their fellow Kiwis.

In return, Kowhao Rau group performed E noho Tuheita.

Both waiata were warmly received by the groups and Robati says the exchange was the first of its kind that Whitireia has encountered on any tour.

“I felt it was really good to connect with Tamaki-Hauraki as we aim to work united as one country. I feel we achieved that goal.”

The piece performed by Whitireia was a Taonga, gifted as a lament for the passing of former Māori MP Parekura Horomia.

The song was a gift from composers Jason & Debra Ake, and has been taught by Whitireia tutor Kereama Te Ua.

THE KIWI WAY: A hongi was exchanged at the ceremony. IMAGE: Matthew Lau

THE KIWI WAY: A hongi was exchanged at the ceremony. IMAGE: Matthew Lau

 

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