Kiwi kids will be able to learn all there is to know about kapa haka in KIA MAU! an exciting new series starting at 5pm on October 11 on Māori Television.
Aimed at beginners aged between five and nine years old, the high energy series takes viewers to a different school each week to enjoy their kapa haka performances.
And because it is a show for tamariki, it’s only fitting that KIA MAU! is hosted by young people.
Leading kapa haka performers Kaharau Keogh and Moana-Roa Callaghan, both 19, present the series with the help of Hawaiki James Morrison (7) Ngawairere Pihama (11) Te Ahu Paenga (6) and Waikahutia Tamati-Tupa’i (10).
During the 13-part series, they find out about everything from pōwhiri and poi making to traditional costume and carving.
Callaghan says she loves sharing her enjoyment of kapa haka with kids.
“I grew up in a really big family and I have introduced the joy of kapa haka to many beginners, young and old,” she says.
Producer Kay Ellmers, from Tūmanako Productions in Auckland, says KIA MAU! also includes fun lessons teaching basic te reo Māori and specific aspects of kapa haka performance techniques.
“It’s a kids’ TV show, but it is also a teaching resource ideal for home and school.
“Because it is mainly in English, it is accessible to everyone and introduces language learners to te reo and tikanga Māori.”
All episodes will be available on demand at www.maoritelevision.com.
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