The 'Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo' features a cast of 1200 performers. Including Celtic Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers. Te Matatini's involvement this year means 200 kapa haka representative from around the country will take centre stage.
Tamati Waaka says, "we are no strangers to performing in front of large crowed, but it will be our first time with a band and in a large sport stadium."
And for some of the haka performers it will be a first time standing in front of such an international crowed.
David Allfrey, CEO of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo says, “This is a huge adventure on any scale 'The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo' has been running in Edinburgh for 66 seasons now and we have sold out for the last 17 years consecutively and it's the right thing to do. We have been here once before in Wellington in the year 2000 and it's our second time out here.”
80,000 tickets have been sold for the show which will run for 4 nights. It's estimated that the show will give Wellington's economy a boost of $16 million dollar
Waaka says, we will be displaying what Māori do the Europeans, Scottish, Norwegian and the Norwegian soldiers here too.
The show premieres tonight in Wellington and will continue to Sunday.