Kapa Haka Regionals in Australia to be held mid-March

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(Photo of Te Kakano o Te Atua, New South Wales)Nga Kapa Taumata Teitei Maori Performing Arts Australia (NKTT) is pleased to announce that the ACT Maori Performing Arts Inc (ACTMPA) has been successful in its bid to re-host the fourth Australian qualifying regional in Canberra (ACT) in 2012.

Teams that win here will go on to represent Australian ropu at Te Matatini 2012.

The festival is held every two years and has been held at a National level in Australia since 2006 in Sydney, 2008 in Melbourne and 2010 and 2012 in Canberra. We will see kapahaka (Maori Performing Arts) teams coming to Canberra from all around Australia to participate in this festival. Qualifying teams will then receive the honour to represent their State/Territory and Australia at the prestigous Te Matatini (The Many Faces) National kapahaka festival in Aotearoa (NZ). The Aotearoa festival will be hosted by Te Arawa, the people of Rotorua in 2013.

The festival will be held on Saturday 24th March 2012 in the Budawang Building, Forecourt and Conference Centre at the Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Cnr Flemington Road and Northbourne Ave, Mitchell ACT.

On Friday, 23rd March 2012, a traditional Maori welcome (Powhiri) will be held to formally welcome the performing groups, supporters, dignataries, official judges and overseas visitors. There will be a traditional welcome to country and smoking ceremony conducted by the local Aboriginal people. A social will be held at the same venue on the Saturday evening after presentations.

Isaac Cotter, Chairperson of NKTT, said that NKTT and ACTMPA committees “Are looking forward to making the 2012 festival bigger, better and more successful than the previous festival.

The Chairperson of ACTMPA, Geoffrey Wallace said, “We are looking forward to working with the many volunteers, businesses, Government and the community who will come together to help support the festival”.

Interested stall holders are welcome to apply to Trish Cotter (0424 225 295) or Cheryl King (0451 679 132.

  • All persons wishing to help volunteer during the weekend, please contact Trish Cotter (0424 225 295) or Geoff Wallace (0410 827 670).

Kia ora to Maori-in-Oz.com for this panui (and for all their mean mahi!) -http://www.maori-in-oz.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1581&Itemid=212

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