Te Ahi kaa for July 8 2012
Just what does it take to perform top level Kapahaka? For the South Taranaki group Aotea Utanganui, it means a lot of weekends at noho marae, fundraising and generally sleeping, walking and talking kapa . Maraea Rakuraku experiences first-hand the preparations in the lead up to the Aotea Kapahaka Regional Competitions on competition day. Dealing with the Wellington elements is one thing, but how about playing sports in the cold, for 12 solid hours? Justine Murray is at Nga hau e wha o Papararangi Marae for a match of ki-o-rahi, the ever increasingly popular sports game that has had a resurgence in recent times. Pao Pao Pao is a must-see event on the Maori music calendar and singer Toni Huata has been part of it since day one.