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Auckland Festival put Waiata Māori at the heart of their program

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

Contributed by Tama Waipara

Source RNZ Music, 2:00 pm on 23 February 2019

Two Auckland Festival shows in March put waiata Māori front and centre - a free sing-along event in Aotea Square called Tira, and another called Tōku Reo Waiata. The brains behind the shows, creative associate Tama Waipara, and performer Annie Crummer tell Kirsten Johnstone about the kaupapa.​

"It's really about what the power of waiata has done for us as people here in Aotearoa" says Tama. 

"The feeling of being able to be a part of something, even if it's a really small part, is what we want to celebrate." 


Source: Radio NZ Music: 2:00 pm on 23 February 2019



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