Photo by Linda Robertson.
Fledgling Dunedin kapa haka group Nga Tumu ki Otakou
performs for a large and enthusiastic crowd at its final dress
rehearsal in the Otago University union hall last night.
The 6-week-old kapa haka group flies north tomorrow to
compete in the Waitaha regional senior kapa haka
competitions, to be held at the Lincoln Events Centre in
Christchurch on Saturday.
Nga Tumu ki Otakou was formed in February by University of
Otago School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies staff
and students and Dunedin kapa haka enthusiasts.
The group will vie with Te Iti o Tahuna, of Queenstown, and
eight Canterbury kapa haka groups for three places in the Te
Matatini national senior kapa haka competition, to be held in
Christchurch next March.
Te Matatini is considered the world's largest annual
celebration of Maori performing arts, drawing more than
30,000 participants and spectators.