Ramonda Taleni Te Maiharoa performs yesterday. Photo by
Roys Bay at Wanaka was not only full of water yesterday,
it was full of the sound of a waiata presented by international
opera singer Ramonda Taleni Te Maiharoa.
She arrived in Wanaka from Brisbane yesterday to prepare for
the centennial celebrations in Oamaru next month of an event
connected with the ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic of
Robert Falcon Scott.
At re-enactments around the Oamaru Harbour on February 6 and
10, Te Maiharoa will perform a waiata specially written by
Dame Gillian Whitehead, of Dunedin.
One of the event's organisers, Bronwyn Judge, delivered the
waiata to Te Maiharoa in Wanaka yesterday.
She described Te Maiharoa, of Waitaha ancestry, as a
''landscape singer'', who would use her voice to augment the
natural sounds around her.
To demonstrate, Te Maiharoa performed a brief waiata amid the
sound of the wind and waves beside Lake Wanaka yesterday.