He Kura te Tangata - 23 Aug
Nine groups from around the country will be gathering at the
national museum in Wellington for a weekend of magical performances
on 11 - 12 of July 2009. The performing groups come from the
Auckland Anglican Maori Club (Auckland), Te Whanau a Kohine Ponika
(Auckland-Bay of Plenty), He Kura ki Waikato (Waikato), Taranaki ki
te Tonga (Taranaki), Te Hokowhitu-a-Tu (Gisborne), Ngati Kahungunu
(Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa), Te Ropu Tahiwi (Wellington), Wiwi Nati
(Wellington-based) and Te Whanau (Wellington-based).
Each kaumatua group will perform items from one or several iconic composers including Sir Kingi Ihaka, Princess Te Puea Herangi and Tuini Ngawai.
National Coordinator, Puti Mackey says there's strong support for Kaumatua Kapa Haka to develop and an air of excitement. Kaumatua Kapa Haka is an opportunity for senior Maori performing artists to share their experience, knowledge and love of kapa haka with other generations.
Most of the performers are 60 years old and over. They provide a living link between 20th Century composers such as Sir Apirana Ngata, Kohine Ponika and Kingi Tahiwi and their well-known songs. Some of the groups include the children and grandchildren of these composers.