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


Kapa Haka Festival Gives Power To The People

Kapa Haka Festival Gives Power To The People

A new initiative will give voting power to the people at next year’s Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival. Called the ‘Peoples Choice Awards’, the initiative will enable people at home and onsite to choose who they think are the outstanding performers.

The festival which showcases 1300 Maori performers in 32 kapa haka groups will give audiences the power to text their vote for the top kapa haka group. More than 35,000 people are expected at the event from February 22 to 25 at Palmerston North’s Arena Manawatu – more than enough to tip the scales in any group’s favour.

The project is a joint initiative with Maori Television and will enable audiences on site or at home, to vote for their favourite team by simple phone texting. Te Matatini organisers say planning for the Peoples Choice Awards began after the last festival to give kiwis across the nation a real say in the competition.

Sixteen teams will compete on Friday and Saturday and the top six teams will be announced on Saturday evening by the judges. The lines will be opened throughout the festival, but it’s not till after the judges announce the top six teams that the competition pace moves up another gear.

From day one the competition looks set to be a nail biting affair with five of the top teams – Te Waka Huia, Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Waihirere, Te Matapihi and Tu-Te-Manawa-Maurea - competing in the first pool. With three of them about to be eliminated on the first day, it’s anyone’s guess how the other two days will pan out.

Two things are certain though. The voting system will trigger more tribal participation as group and iwi mana go on the line. And in the final countdown, the overall winning group will have undergone more scrutiny than any other group in the festival’s 35 year history.

People at home can watch the action unfold on Maori Television with updates and highlights during all four days of the festival – Thursday to Sunday, February 22 to 25, from 10.00 PM to 11.00 PM.

The channel will also broadcast live from the finals on Sunday February 25 from 10.30 AM to 4.00 PM as the top six teams challenge for the coveted national title before the announcement of the supreme winner.

Festival tickets can be booked through Ticket Direct and provide access to all events onsite, including concerts with headline acts. Daily gate sales of $25 are further reduced for three day, family and children concessions while kids under five are free.

Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival is proudly supported by UNESCO.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>