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Bay Maori residents say kiaora

Maori are proud of their culture and history, and Hervey Bay residents who have crossed the ditch are celebrating it.

Each Friday evening, the more than 30 New Zealanders who now call the Fraser Coast home meet to bring their culture to life.

The group is called Ta tau Ta tau – which means “we” or “us”, a simple but evocative title.

George Scrimshaw, one of the organisers of Ta Tau Ta Tau, said he was “really excited” about the group.

They specialise in concert-type work and interaction involving various aspects of Maori/New Zealand culture, more particularly action songs called waiata, haka and poi dancing.

The group of adult men and women expatriates also involves several teenagers, and has already performed publicly at the this year’s multi-cultural festival on the Esplanade at Scarness to great acclaim.

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