Native Affairs Summer Series – Poiyonce

  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Tāreikura is a Māori Arts Grooming Academy in Rotorua comprised of nine Māori kotiro, aged from nine through to 18 . They come together twice a week to train in Māori performing arts. Their training also includes poi, dance and waiata. All the things that have made them a global internet sensation.

Their video clip, set to a Beyoncé tune, earned their poi performance the nickname 'Poiyance' and clocked up more than a half million views within just 10 days of its release.

Billie Jo Hohepa-Ropiha went to Rotorua to find out who these girls are behind the sensation that is 'Poiyance'.