He Huinga Whetū, graduates of the Toi Māori Aotearoa Pao Pao Pao music programme, are celebrating Matariki by breathing new life into the songs of Pao Pao Pao’s founder, the late Dr Hirini Melbourne.
The group are performing at marae through the Auckland region. On Wednesday (29/6) they’re at Te Hana Te Ao Marama Marae, Thursday (30/6) they have a matinee session at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Mangere and an evening session at Manurewa Marae, and on Friday (1/7) they finish the tour at Point Chevalier’s Te Mahurehure Marae.
Three of He Huinga Whetū’s seven-strong line-up - Sherydon Ngaropo Te Tai, Te Karehana Gardner-Toi, Alarmanda Tahu plus their mentor, Seth Haapu, join us in studio with their Matariki selections.
Artist: He Huinga Whetū
Song: Whiti Te Marama, Tihore Mai Te Rangi, Purea Nei
Album: RNZ Music Recording
Label: RNZ Music Recording