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March 2000, Volume 11, Number 2

A 'Brilliant' Performance

The people behind the organisation of this year's Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival have been staggered by the enthusiastic response to the event.

I'm ecstatic at the response and the letters of commendation and congratulations received from a wide range of people," says festival chief executive officer Doug Hauraki.

The overall winners of the premier kapa haka were Te Matarae I Orehu of Rotorua, followed by Te Waka Huia and Te Ropu Manutaki from Auckland who were placed second equal.

The event received support and advice from Community Employment. Community Employment staff were on site to field inquiries about the group's work and create awareness about community development amongst Maori.

More than 17,000 tickets were sold for the four-day event at Turangawaewae Marae on the banks of the Waikato River.

"Where the host iwi have a very good traditional base, and this is what happened with Turangawaewae, there is always a really good feeling about how everything went," says Doug.

There were a few small hiccups, but "at the end of the day it went off brilliantly."

The festival had 2000 performers from 37 groups. Two of the entries were from Australia, and overseas groups from Taiwan, Canada and Hawaii provided entertainment.

The event was attended by a number of dignitaries, including the Prime Minister Helen Clark, the Leader of the Opposition Jenny Shipley, the Governor General Sir Michael Hardie-Boys and ambassadors or high commissioners from the United States, Malaysia and Canada.

Related Stories...

Other stories about Maori Art:
Artistic Inspiration - Ngongotaha Artists Charitable Trust Art Gallery (October 2001)
Suburban Maori Treasure - Maori Treasures (January 2002)
Waka Launched - Tu Tangata 2000 Waka (January 2001)
Cultural and Spiritual Links - Toi Mana Arts Trust (November 2000)
Treated Like Royalty - Tai Tokerau Tarai Waka Incorporation (November 2000)
Marae Murals Move Mountains - Ururangi Marae Trust (September 2000)
Bus Stop Proves Perfect Location - The Buzz Stop, Whanganui River Maori Trust Board (July 2000)
Valuable Work Experience For Maori Art Graduates - Whanganui Arts Trust (June 2000)
Te Papa Carving Provides Excellent Experience - Paul Marshall Arts (March 2000)
Women Carve Gateway - Poutama Training Centre (January 2000)
Opportunities Grow for Maori - Te Ara a Maui (November 1999)
Creating Artistic Opportunities - Ukaipo Arts Trust (November 1999)
Festival Draws Huge Audiences - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2002)
Weaving Family Linkages - Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc (May 2002)
Raising the Standards - Mika (August 2002)
Adding to a Skill Base - Areta Koopu (December 2002)
Identifying Strengths - Te Ooranga Taangata (May 2003)
Passion the Key - Tai Tokerau Maori and Cultural Tourism Association (May 2003)
Planning Proves Critical - Hokonui Runanga Incorporated (August 2003)
He Korowai Maioha Ki Oku Hapu* - Kathleen Tahi (November 2003)
Artistic Endeavours - Te Tau Ihu Maori Women’s Arts Cluster (March 2004)
Painstaking Journey - Whatu Korowai Wananga (September 2004)
Other stories about Performing Arts:
Planning on Impact - MPACT (March 2001)
Taking Risks Through Drama - Te Whatuiapiti Trust (January 2002)
Stepping into Street Art - Christchurch Polytechnic School of Art and Design (March 2001)
Down to Business - Wahine Malosi Charitable Trust (February 2002)
Complex Career Choice - Blah Blah Entertainment Trust (March 2002)
Festival Draws Huge Audiences - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2002)
Spreading a Message - Te Whanau Puawai Ora (August 1999)
Creative Learning - Creative Learning Scheme (April 1999)
Tremendous Economic Injection - Gold Country Music Club (April 1999)
Developing a Game Plan - Sivalava (April 1999)
Raising the Standards - Mika (August 2002)
Recording Success - Manaaki Studio (August 2002)
From Strength to Strength - Aiga Productions (January 2003)
Lighting the Way - Te Rakau Trust (June 2003)
Recording Success - The Stomach (June 2003)
Opening a Door - Therapeutic Arts Trust (September 2003)
‘Trip of a Lifetime’ - Massive Company (January 2004)
Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Entries Sought - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (May 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Picton Fizzing - Picton Urban Design (January 2000)
Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community - Middlemarch Community (March 2002)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence - Lawrence Summer Arts Festival (March 2003)
Entertainment and Colour - Cuba Street Carnival Trust (January 2004)
Providing Opportunities - Pasifika (July 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)
Doug Hauraki, Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival
P O Box 5619, Wellington
Phone 0800 188071/(04) 499 6158, Fax (04) 499 6157
email: doug.hauraki@atmpas.org.nz

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