Kapa Haka: Behind the Faces

KapaHakaIf you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the competitive world of kapa haka, then it looks like Maori Television has a show for you.

Kapa Haka: Behind the Faces follows key figures in Rotorua’s Te Matarae I Orehu, the current national kapa haka champions, as they prepare to defend their title at the 2013 Te Matatini Festival in Rotorua from February 21 – 24.

Producer Lara Northcroft, from Velvet Stone Media in Rotorua, says the five-part series captures all the blood, sweat and tears that go into preparing for the traditional Maori performing arts competition.

“These are people who give up their weekends, who practice the poi during their coffee break at work and learn the words to the haka sitting in their car at the lights. Continue reading »