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.
Wednesday 9th October - Tokotoru Tapu Church, Manutuke.
Thursday 10th October - Holy Trinity Church, Tūranga Gisborne.
Friday 11th October - St Mary’s Church, Tikitiki.
Saturday 12th October – Christ Church, Raukokore.
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A few tips for an enjoyable festival experience...
Please make sure you have the correct ticket for your session. In our more remote locations, internet access will be an issue, so please print out your ticket or have it downloaded on your phone before you get to the venue.
Doors will open one hour before each show.
Because this is a general admission show, there is no reserved seating. We recommend you arrive early to secure a good spot. Note, latecomers may be excluded from any show, or admitted only at a suitable point in the show.
Church candles/candelabra may be lit as a part of production.
Refer to our full terms and conditions in our Festival programme.
General Admission $5
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