Ka Hao: Tira Waiata
Waiata are brought to life by twenty-four talented rangatahi from Tairāwhiti whānui. From gospel to pop, new voices breathe life through song into some of the most sacred spaces in our region.
Ko te Waiata te kōhanga o te ao puoro Māori ki te Tairāwhiti. Nā ngā rangatahi tau ki te waiata anō i wana ai te karawhiu o te waiata puoro Māori ki te ao. Ka whai a Ka Hao i te ia o tērā āhuatanga, inā ka whakahuihui i ngā rangatahi rōreka hoki ki waiata o Te Tairāwhiti, māi i Te Taumata-o-Apanui ki Paritu, ki te whakaputa i HAONGA-ngākau mā te waiata anō! E kiia ana te kōrero, ko te waiata te ara ki te ora. Nā, ka waiatatia tēnei rōpu hou i ngā waiata i whakaaweawe ki wētahi o ngā whare karakia ataahua mai i Manutuke ki Raukokore. Ko aua waiata hoki, he hīmene, he waiata rawe o wēnei rā, he waiata rongonui o te Tairāwhiti tae noa ki wētahi titonga hou. Nā reira haramai, kia HAO anō tō ngākau, kia hihiri anō ai hoki tō wairua i ngā mahi autaia a te hunga rangatahi o Te Tairāwhiti. Haramai kia kite tuatahi koe i ngā whetū hou o te Tira Waiata Rangatahi o Te Tairāwhiti!
Waiata is the lifeblood of Māori music in Te Tairāwhiti and Māori music has been propelled globally by passionate rangatahi who are born of proud waiata traditions. Ka Hao follows that trend and unites twenty-four young Tairāwhiti voices from Te Taumata-o-Apanui to Paritu to debut an inspirational showcase of rangatahi aspiration through song.
Using music to inspire whānau to be creative forces for good, this new singing troupe will bring to life the majesty and reverence of some of our beautiful Tairāwhiti churches from Manutuke to Raukokore through song.
From gospel hits to reversioned pop, local Tairāwhiti anthems to fresh unreleased waiata Māori, a night with these rangatahi in our most sacred places is sure to be transcending. Be there to witness the genesis of what will be a new Tairāwhiti youth choir phenomenon.
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is the Gisborne region’s new flagship contemporary arts and cultural event, taking place, for the first time, from 4-20 October this year. Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will deliver performance events by hundreds of performers from across New Zealand and the Pacific.
The festival celebrates what it means to be of Tairāwhiti and of Aotearoa. It reflects and celebrates the people of the Gisborne region and the East Coast. It reinforces the importance of people and place, and further affirms the region’s strong position in the creative landscape of Aotearoa.
For the full programme and ticketing information, please visit www.tetairawhitiartsfestival.nz.
Dates & Locations
Wednesday 9 October - Toko Toru Tapu Church, Manutuke
Thursday 10 October - Holy Trinity Church, Gisborne
Friday 11 October - St Mary's Church, Tikitiki
Saturday 12 October - Christ Church, Raukokore