Live Kapa Haka from NZ

Maori Television, which showcases New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture, will open its internet feed later this month so that US viewers can live-stream Te Matatini, the most prestigious Maori performing arts event.

Te Matatini is a national festival of kapa haka, the collective name for Maori performing arts that include haka (group dancing that entails menacing facial expressions and vocals) and poi (sort of rhythmic gymnastics and baton twirling, but performed with balls attached to cords).

Here’s a haka performance as telecast on Maori TV a few years back:

For a demonstration of poi, check out this video of Kahurangi Maxwell, one of Maori Television’s anchors for this month’s festival who has herself performed poi at Te Matatini.

The festival will stream Wednesday, February 22, through Saturday, February 25 (ET), live from Hawkes Bay Sports Park in Hastings, New Zealand. Preliminary competition airs Wednesday through Friday starting at 2:30 pm ET, running 11 hours. The finals will be Saturday, also starting at 2:30 pm, and running eight hours until 10:30 pm. (Note: all events actually take place the following days in the New Zealand time zone.)

Watch at www.maoritelevision.com. The Te Matatini stream will mark the first time Maori Televison has been available live to US viewers.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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