25 Aug 2011

Waka Maori to highlight Maori culture during World Cup

8:39 pm on 25 August 2011

The creative director for the Waka Maori project says it aims to give tourists during the Rugby World Cup something truly unique when they start visiting next month.

The Waka Maori pavilion on Auckland's viaduct will be used as a central hub to promote Maori focused events during the tournament that are happening around the country in September.

Emere Wano says Waka Maori wants to showcase what makes Aotearoa - New Zealand different.

She says she wants to give tourists a glimpse of Maori culture and show that it is a "living culture".

True to Maori custom, she says she wants people to be welcomed as visitors and leave as part of the whanau.

Each day will begin with a powhiri where visitors will be able to participate in a traditional welcoming ceremony.