Kapa haka quest is high­light of Matariki

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Kapa haka per­form­ers are once again be­ing given cre­ative li­cence ahead of this year’s Kapa Haka Su­per 12s.

The event is be­ing held on July 11 at The Cloud, Queen’s Wharf and is one of Auck­land Coun­cil’s sig­na­ture events in the month-long Matariki Fes­ti­val.

Teams of 12 per­form­ers get 12 min­utes to im­press the judges to win a share of $12,000.

Maori pro­gramme leader Ana­hera Hig­gins says 2de­grees Kapa Haka Su­per 12s gives teams the chance to pro­duce a high en­ergy stage per­for­mance based on their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of tra­di­tional Maori per­form­ing arts in­clud­ing poi, wa­iata and haka.

Auck­land Coun­cil arts com­mit­tee chair­man Alf Fili­paina says the event is ‘‘a true high­light of the Matariki Fes­ti­val’’.

‘‘There’s a sense of the un­known in the per­for­mances and the po­ten­tial for teams to do and try any­thing. It’s what makes this event so ex­cit­ing,’’ he says.

En­tries are open to any­one aged over 16 and close on June 10.

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