May 19, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Homai te Pakipaki auditions now open

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Maori Television is preparing itself for an influx of kaiwaiata from around the country as popular karaoke-style show HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI opens its doors to new singing talent with a new series live to air every Friday at 8.30 PM.

Its not unusual for the streets around Maori Televisions Auckland studio in Newmarket to be filled with singers warming up and trying out different approaches to songs as they wait for the chance to impress the producers of the programme. Some people arrive hours early just to ensure they are the first through the door, such is the interest in HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI.

The live competition is based on audience text votes. Singers perform every week for the chance to win $1,000, and heat winners carry on to the semi-finals. If they come through that, then it is all on and they get to sing their hearts out in the grand final with the chance to win $10,000.

Rose Scicely (Ngati Maniapoto, Ngai Tuhoe) admits she had never seen the show before she headed to Tamaki-makau-rau to take part. But her kids were ardent fans of HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI and they were adamant that this was the opportunity of a lifetime. So five of them piled in to a car and made the three-hour journey north from Otorohanga. After a lifetime of singing at home, at whanau parties and on the marae, Rose relished the opportunity to share her voice with the nation.

On the other hand, Mikaere Paki (Tuwharetoa, Ngati Apa, Kai Tahu, Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Paoa) had seen the show and was keen to take part. But he had to build up to it. It took a while, then one day I worked up the nerve and I just jumped in my car in Porirua and headed north. I didnt really tell anyone, I just started driving.

Both of them made it through the audition process and on to the HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI stage. Rose says it was a bit daunting: Its live really, really live the music starts and you have to deliver, no mistakes, no second chances. Its frightening and thrilling and scary and amazing all at the same time. Its this gift, this opportunity to share your song with the motu. Its really humbling.

However, both Rose and Mikaere agree that singers also need to be a bit strategic about how they take their run at HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI. You may want to sneak up and have a go without putting too much pressure on yourself but if you do get selected to perform, you need to let your whanau know so they can vote for you, says Mikaere.

HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI producer Erina Tamepo (Ngati Porou, Ngai Tai) has no doubt that there is still a wealth of untapped talent just waiting to be discovered as they open their doors for the fourth season with a new host Matai Smith (Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Ngati Kahungunu).

I expect to see plenty of fresh faces this time around. I dont think weve seen every singer in the country, although weve seen more than a few, she laughs. Theres always this huge sense of anticipation on Friday afternoon, even amongst the most jaded TV types. Who is going to show up today? How will they handle the material, and what bit of magic will we get to see tonight?

HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI screens on Maori Television every Friday night at 8.30 PM with registrations starting at 4.30 PM and auditions opening at 5.00 PM. For more information about the audition process, check out the HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI page on the website,, which also includes video on demand.

12 thoughts on “Homai te Pakipaki auditions now open

  1. many thanks to or you ladies and gentlman for voting for me many kisses
    even my dad and mum kiss kiss love yous or my family

  2. hi guys,

    just wondering when auditions starts (ie times dates and locations) im trying to get my sister to audition but guna do it on the sly hehe… Could you please get back to me anyone i live in Pukekohe, Auckland.
    Love the show, love the talent CHAD to much BRO,
    Much appreciated and thanks heaps


  3. how old do you have to be?
    to join?? and where do we go?
    what day's can we audition??

  4. Hey dudes

    People who watch Homai te pakipaki do not realise that votes are stacked up.

    The winner is going to be the person who fund raises the most money to buy $50.00 phone cards to give to their supporters.

    Which means the genuine good singers who do not know this are going to miss out.The heats are more honest because you don’t know who is going to get in and you get a limited time to text vote.

    In the semi's you can vote a day before it starts. (strange?)Maori television know this and stand to make thousands of dollars per vote around 70 cents per text file.

    With the semis and finals coming up, thousands of your dollars are going to be put in the hands of a few. So if you are wanting to win it will take money not necessarily talent. The other winners are telecom and or Vodafone.

    Paki up!!!!!

    1. Hi there been trying to locate a copy of the 22nd of June 2012 as my baby is on there he is singer 8 Page graham please help me Mummy who loves him he’s 21 years old I will even pay for it

  5. Kia ora,

    Hi my name is Daphine i woul like to know if my mum can come and try her LUCK in Homaai te pakipaki next week her name is pare edwards she has been wanting to come and join yous for ages but has'nt knowen where to sign up so i have been looking and i found you so if you guys can get back to me on my Email!

    my mum would love to come on T.V


    Yours faithfull Daphine Wilson

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