Intersection Taranaki & Dixon St
2021 has seen us take a step further by creating a space at the festival dedicated to kaupapa Māori. In consultation with local iwi artists and Te Wharewaka o Poneke Trust, we have created a specific role and appointed Noel Woods (Te Atiawa/Ngati Porou/Ngaruahine) as Ngā Toi Māori Director, to develop a Kaupapa Māori programme, which will will encourage participation by Māori in the festival working with local kaupapa Māori art practitioners.
The Te Aro Park stage and area will be transformed to showcase te reo Māori, Māori artists and tikanga Māori. A whakatau will signal the start of the Festival, led by Te Atiawa iwi members through Taiaha, Karanga, Karakia and Whaikōrero, and in collaboration with Te Ahi a Tahurangi, the Wellington Regional Kapa Haka Champions. The stage will be streaming worldwide on radio and social media with a collaboration between Atiawa Toa FM and Te Upoko o te Ika Radio.
It is estimated that of the 32 acts and 18 hours of programming across the 2 days, at least 60-70% of the performances will be in te reo Māori with all acts having members who whakapapa Māori.
The stage will be streaming worldwide on radio and social media with a collaboration between Atiawa Toa FM and Te Upoko o te Ika Radio further exposing our kaupapa online to the rest of the World.