Mu­si­cians strike ac­cord

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Har­ri­son

Singer Hinewehi Mohi is help­ing chil­dren from New­ton Cen­tral School learn more about their her­itage.

The San­dring­ham mu­si­cian will be per­form­ing in a con­cert called Te Po to­mor­row night to raise money for Te Whanau O Te Uru Karaka, the school’s Maori im­mer­sion unit.

Other per­form­ers in the con­cert at the Kings Arms will in­clude Tama Waipara, Nat Rose, Betty Ann and Ruia Aper­a­hama.

All pro­ceeds will help send 60 chil­dren from the bilin­gual unit on a trip to Otaki and Porirua next year to learn about iwi there.

Mrs Mohi says the con­cert will be a won­der­ful night out.

“It has brought mu­si­cians to­gether to do some­thing spe­cial in sup­port of the school,” she says.

“Aside from hav­ing a re­ally good time peo­ple will be able to give the chil­dren the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing out­side their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ms Mohi plans to per­form sev­eral of her well-known songs on the night in­clud­ing Ko­tahi­tanga.

Her niece Rahia at­tends the bilin­gual unit at New­ton Cen­tral and she says it has pro­vided great learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for her.

“It’s cru­cial for chil­dren to get a re­ally good han­dle on the lan­guage and our girl is to­tally bilin­gual now,” she says.

“The unit pro­vides a lovely flavour­some en­vi­ron­ment for the chil­dren and gives them a firm foun­da­tion in both lan­guages.”

Mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee Kay Ellmers says the con­cert is a rare oc­ca­sion be­cause it fea­tures so many prom­i­nent Maori mu­si­cians.

“They are all band­ing to­gether to help our kids have a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says.

“The show will have a nice, re­laxed com­mu­nity feel and it’s a re­ally good ex­am­ple of mu­si­cians com­ing to­gether to sup­port the school’s kau­papa.”

Te Po will be held at the Kings Arms from 7.30pm. Tick­ets can be pur­chased for $25 in ad­vance by email­ing kay@tu­manako.co.nz. Door sales are $35.

For in­for­ma­tion, phone 845-1054.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Help­ing hand: Mu­si­cian Hinewehi Mohi with her niece Rahia Mohi. Mrs Mohi will per­form at Te Po, a fundrais­ing con­cert for New­ton Cen­tral School’s Maori bilin­gual unit to­mor­row night.

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