Thursday, April 06, 2017

Maori Kapa Haka : Haka Poi

Kapa haka - or traditional Māori performing arts forms a powerful and highly visual part of the New Zealand cultural experience.

Kapa haka is the term for Māori performing arts and literally means to form a line (kapa) and dance (haka).

It involves an emotional and powerful combination of song, dance and chanting.
Poi refers to both a style of performing art and the equipment used for engaging in poi performance. As a performance art, poi involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns. 
Poi artists may also sing or dance while swinging their poi. Poi can be made from various materials with different handles, weights, and effects (such as fire).
Poi originated with the Māori people of New Zealand, where it is still practiced today. Poi has also gained a following in many other countries. The expansion of poi culture has led to a significant evolution of the styles practiced, the tools used, and the definition of the word "poi."

There are several locations that you can experience Māori performances. 

1. Northland & Bay Of Islands
2. Auckland Museum ( Tamaki Paenga Hira) 
   The video above was captured there. I would recommend this as it is cheaper    compared to other locations and it is coupled with your museum ticket price. 
3. Rotorua
Tamaki Māori Village
Te Puia - I went to this one as well. But the performance was lacking in spirit and passion. Auckland Museum was better.
Mitai Māori Villa

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kia Ora 100% Pure New Zealand - North Island Trip

From my recent visit to New Zealand North Island 18 Feb - 11 March 2017

Places visited in the video:
Auckland City
Mount Eden
Cathedral Cove
Stingray Bay
Hobbiton, Matamata
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
Manly Beach, Whangaparoa
Muriwai Beach Gannet Colony
Owharoa Falls
Putaruru Blue Springs
Waiau Falls
Huka Falls
Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua (Redwoods Forest)
Lake Tikitapu, Rotorua
Te Puia, Rotorua

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Videos shot with DJI Mavic Pro, GoPro Hero5 and Samsung S7
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