Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Mika Haka Launches Urban Maori Pacific Dance Champ

Mika Haka Launches Urban Maori Pacific Dance Champs

The first ever Toa Toa Urban Maori Pacific Dance Champs will be staged throughout Auckland later this month culminating in a grand final at the Aotea Centre on November 29.

Performing artist Mika and his Torotoro Dance Crew are scouting for young dancers in all styles including kapa haka, Pacific Island, hip hop, breakdancing and 'global'.

Four heats will be held in Glen Innes, Otara, Glen Eden and Grey Lynn from November 20 to 23 and prizes include $1,000 cash, Ecko clothes and dance scholarships to the 3rd Mika HAKA Summer School.

Torotoro have toured New Zealand and Britain this year as part of the Mika HAKA show with performances at the world's largest arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and more recently welcoming the Amerigo Vespucci for the America's Cup.

Mika says the dance champs and the summer school will help identify talent for his professional Polynesian dance troop.

"We're sure to find fresh new talent to get involved in Torotoro and who knows - they may even end up travelling the world in the Mika HAKA show in 2003."

The Toa Toa Urban Maori Pacific Dance Champs are being held at the:

* Tamaki College Recreation Centre, Elstree Avenue, Glen Innes (6pm, Wed Nov 20);

* Otara Music Arts Centre, cnr Newbury Street and Bairds Road, Otara (6pm, Thurs Nov 21);

* Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa and Gt North Roads, Glen Eden (6pm, Fri Nov 22);

* Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn (6pm, Sat Nov 23);

* and the NZI Convention Centre, Aotea Square – The Edge, Queen Street (GRAND FINAL: 7pm, Fri Nov 29).

Admission is free and there are no entry fees to the dance champs. Entry forms are available from the website –

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland