5 Apr 2012

Maori cultural performance to open Japanese conference

7:00 pm on 5 April 2012

The Tauranga-based kiwifruit company, Te Awanui Huka Pak, is putting Maori culture and a Rugby World Cup star centre stage in Japan.

A delegation from the firm will open a trade conference in Tokyo, run by the kiwifruit marketer Zespri.

It's a major event for Japanese customers, and they've asked for Maori culture to be on display.

Te Awanui Huka Pak chief executive Hemi Rolleston says the company has put together a group that includes the opening singer of Rugby World Cup tournament, Ria Hall.

He says there'll be a Maori blessing, an exchange of speeches and gifts, singing and a haka.

Hemi Rolleston and the ropu (group) heads to Tokyo this Sunday.