May 14, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Bright Stars Dance During Matariki

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Renowned Maori dance collective return after the intrigue and success of Hou with a second exciting showcase of familiar, beloved works as Whetu (Star) tours across the North Island this June.

As the Maori New Year dawns upon Aotearoa, it is a time for whanau to come together and reflect on the past and the future. Matariki is celebrated through a variety of different arts in its many forms also including performances unique to the Maori culture.

AtamiraC1Shooting onto the stage are works by established Atamira choreographers Maaka Pepene, Louise Potiki Bryant, Jack Gray and artistic director Moss Patterson which are performed alongside celebrated pieces by pioneering Maori dance choreographers Charles Koroneho (He Taura Whakapapa) and Stephen Bradshaw (Mauri)

A founding member of Te Kanikani O Te Rangatahi and lecturer of Dance Theory at UNITEC, Koroneho has danced with many of this countrys top choreographers; Koroneho’s work involves cultural collaboration, the development of interculturalism, performance art and cultural consultancy, exploring the collision between Maori cosmology, New Zealand society and global cultures.

AtamiraFBradshaws work, Mauri, has been cited as one of the first examples of Maori contemporary dance with it modern interpretation of traditional Maori themes dealing with life force. One of the previous stand out works of Atamira, mixing elements of dance with kapa haka, the work has gone on to be part of the curriculum in NZ dance schools.

Atamira will sing, dance and perform to the ancient chants of their ancestors, celebrate the achievements of the Maori battalion and reinvent rock n roll with a return to the Happy Days era.

Whetu will celebrate Matariki the coming of the New Year of Maori cosmology.

Whetu tours:

Hamilton Telecom Playhouse June 16th and 17th.
Ph: 07 8585100 tickets available through

Rotorua Arts Village June 19th and 20th
Ph: 09 3700486

Wellington Te Papa (Kowhiti Festival) June 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th
Ph: 04 384 2294 tickets available through

Auckland Hawkins Theatre (Papakura) June 29th.
Ph: 09 2977712 tickets available through

Ticket Prices
$12 -15 Concession (Student, DANZ Member, Child, Senior citizen, Unwaged, Group 6+) $18 -30 Adult.
For more information and ticketing, visit


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