Community kapa haka group Matariki Tupu Hou returns from its summer break by hosting a guest and Māori tutor from Arrowtown who will teach participants a new waiata-a-ringa (action song).
The event is open to everyone today from 6pm to 8pm in Mount Aspiring College’s East Common Room.
“We decided it would be nice to invite Cory [Ratahi], who was part of a crew who came over to run a Mau Rākau wānanga (traditional Māori Martial Arts) in November last year,” said Matariki Tupu Hou founding group member Johanne (Jo) McArthur. “Cory is part of a group based in the Wakatipu, Arrowtown area. He is a kaiako (tutor/teacher) of te reo, a member of mau rākau group, also supports a waiata group in the Wakatipu.”
Event entry is $5, and guests are encouraged to bring friends and finger food to share. The group told the Wanaka Sun that they are also offering a regularly occurring New Skills Night on the first Thursday of each month.
Matariki Tupu Hou, established in 2006 and recently reignited after a meeting hiatus, is a diverse, all-age, not-for-profit group who meet together to celebrate, learn and support tikanga Māori and waiata in the community.
“In 2018 we performed at Matariki celebrations, Winter Games, Cardrona opening, Te Reo Māori Wiki at Wanaka Library and supported the MAC school kapa haka group in their community performances,” said McArthur.