Call for regional kapa haka teams to share their stories

Māori Television is calling on regional kapa haka teams to share their stories now that competitions have begun.

Māori Television’s rights agreement with Aotearoa Kapa Haka Limited means that not all regional competitions will be live streamed and broadcast.

Head of Content Mike Rehu says six regional competitions, out of a total of thirteen, will be live streamed and broadcast on Māori Television and the Te Reo channel.

“Our rights agreement did not stretch to full coverage of all competitions,” he says. “So our Te Kāea news team is working hard to provide stories from those regions that won’t be livestreamed.”

In addition, Māori Television’s Online News team has invited kapa haka whānau to send in material that will promote their teams and performances.

“Although we are disappointed that we cannot provide the coverage that we would like, we are excited to see what comes in from the kapa haka community,” Mike says.

Information received will be collated and posted online as well as nightly news bulletins.

The five regional competitions kapa haka whānau will be asked to send in material are Te Whenua Moemoeā on April 1-2, Te Tau Ihu on April 2, Rangitāne May 14, Waitaha May 21 and Aotea June. The Te Whanganui a Tara regional competition was held on January 30 and Ngāti Kahungunu on February 5-7.

The six regional competitions which will be live streamed and include news stories about the groups will also be broadcast on television and online. These competitions begin with Te Arawa on March 4-5, Te Taitokerau on April 9, Mataatua April 16, Tainui April 16, Te Tairāwhiti April 23, and finish with Tāmaki Makaurau on June 11-12.

A separate programme of the six streamed regional competitions will also be broadcast on the Te Reo Channel and on our show Toi Whakaari during the year.

Lana Simmons-Donaldson
Communications Manager | Tumu Whakapā
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