Homai Te Pakipaki Counts Down To Grand Final On Maori Television

It all comes down to this.

After hundreds of live performances, thousands given out in winners’ prize money and tens of thousands of viewer text votes, the heats for Maori Television’s popular Friday night live karaoke show, HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI, are coming to a close. The semi-finals, on September 18 and 25 at 8.30 PM, will whittle down 20 singers to the top 10. The grand final will be held on October 2, with $10,000 prize money up for grabs.

It was Che August, an IT guy from Murupara, who kicked off season three of the cult show, with a heat win back in May. Throughout the winter months, we’ve had such worthy contenders as Henderson mother-of-six Anita Garland, Hamilton’s ‘internet sensation’ Dane Moeke, and Waitara missionary Michael Kettle, to name a few.

Just who will get up to sing themselves through the semis and into the finals is anyone’s guess.

A show with a style and flavour all its own, this live singing competition has grown a large and faithful following over three series, from the amazing talent that turns up to Maori Television HQ to audition every Friday, in the hopes of performing for the nation, to the dedicated viewers that tune in at home.

“I think it’s popular because it’s not NZ Idol.  Nobody is prepped.  Our singers know it’s all about the skill they’ve brought with them that night,” says Te Hamua Nikora (Ngati Porou), who presents the show.  “It’s the realness, and I’m pretty sure that’s what the viewers like about the show.”

For whanau and fans, the time has come to support their favourites through the last few hurdles. 

Only five singers from each semi-final go to the final.  Whakawhanaungatanga, or family ties, and iwitanga have never been more important – in order to win, singers need to be connected, preferably to people with cell phones. 

The grand final will be held at a large venue at 18 Allright Place, Mt Wellington, in Auckland.

HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI producer Erina Tamepo says: “As in the previous two years, wannabe audience members should simply turn up on finals’ night, for a show that includes the top 10 singers, and many special guests.  A gold coin entry will get you in, and don’t forget to bring your cell phone.  As in every other episode, the supreme winner will be selected by text votes.”

HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI screens on Maori Television on Friday nights at 8.30 PM.

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