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‘Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi

In the heart of Heretaunga - Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival bring ‘Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi' to life on the stage

‘Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi’ is a special concert for the community of Te Matau-a-Māui and part of the 2020 Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival.  Held at Toitoi, it will be a night filled with waiata, joy and aroha for friends and whanau in the splendour of the Opera House.

The concert is a one-off gathering of Ngāti Kahungunu artists and special guests carefully curated by nationally renowned producer and artist Mere Boynton.  Mere truly brings to life the ethos of ‘Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi Come Together All You People’ by pulling together the best of the best in this collaborative first for the Arts Festival.

Through the creation of ‘Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi’, Mere wanted to provide a platform to showcase our local’s alongside national performers.  From the beginning this idea was about demonstrating the wonderful talent we have here right in our own backyard, celebrating the waiata that have been penned by local composers Paraire Tomoana the father of modern day kapa haka, Taite Kupa of the Mauriora Entertainers, and Canon Wi Te Tau Huata composer of Tūtira mai ngā iwi.

 The evening will be a real whānau affair, hosted by cousins Krystal Edwards and Charles Ropitini, who will share the stories of our most beloved waiata with renditions by local talent Howard McGuire, Erena Tomoana, Katherine Winitana, Ngatai Huata and whānau and Ngāti Kahungunu Taikura, a kapahaka group for the nannies and papas of Kahungunu.  The show will also be woven with a stellar line up of incredible musicians from around Aotearoa who will perform their own iconic songs.  These include non-other than, Don McGlashan who will perform Anchor Me,  Lisa Tomlins who will sing Blue Smoke, Tama Waipara who will sing Under An East Coast Moon, and Whirimako Black will sing Kei Hea Taku Reo as well as a couple of surprises from Hollie Smith and Louis Baker, it will be a wonderful walk down memory lane.

The concert also pulls our community together by including young people from our local schools. “Tamariki children and rangatahi youth are a vital part of our community and when you involve tamariki you also involve their whānau and their teachers”, says producer Mere Boynton.  The tamariki will perform Te Hokinga Mai, first performed by Pakipaki Primary School in 1986 to celebrate the return of the Te Māori exhibition, which toured America to great acclaim.  The late Taite Kupa and Bishop Max Mariu of the Pakipaki Māori Mission composed the waiata.  Taite Kupa has been recognised by the Waiata Māori Awards this week, receiving the Iconic Māori Composer Award, recognising decades of work performing and writing songs internationally which continue to inspire new generations of Māori artists.

There will be an incredible band of local musicians, led by musical director Daniel Hayles.  Daniel is a tutor at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington, teaching jazz combo, vocal ensemble and big band.  Daniel writes and arranges music for local and international shows, visiting artists and bands such as the Rodger Fox Big Band and Orchestra Wellington, and he is also gaining recognition as a Musical Director.

Bring the whanau, bring your voice, and join us for an unforgettable night that will make your heart sing.

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