The new digi-doco POI360 will launch very shortly at The Te Korakora event, which celebrates the final weekend celebrations for Matariki.
Federal Street is closed off to traffic and the street has been transformed into a celebration of street kai, fashion and Māori flavours. But another key feature set to hit Federal street is POI360 and its associated acts.
With some final tweaks, poi champions and young talented artists prepared earlier today to put on their very own POI 360 experience.
Makaira Berry says, “I was only supposed to be the demo artist. Now I'm here singing today, singing the lead song of the digi-doco series. I'm happy and excited about the project.”
To kick off the new interactive digital documentary series POI 360, students from Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae, Poi E's Pātea Māori Club and leading kapa haka figures will leave their poi mark on Federal Street.
Kahurangi Maxwell says, “The genealogy of the poi hasn't been explored thoroughly yet so this is a great honour.”
The concept came from producers Lanita Ririnui-Ryan and Amomai Pihama. Ririnui-Ryan says POI360 is a medium to explore and share the origins of poi and much more.
Ririnui-Ryan says, “So we have matched the whakaaro o Poi and the technological kaupapa that is 360 videos and put it together to create our new digital home for poi stories in Aotearoa.”
From 6pm onwards, the POI 360 website can be viewed online and around the world.