Maori Language Week 2013: Me Hanga to Ake Waiata & Waimarie Smith Interview
For Te Wiki o te Reo Maori at the Music Commission we are very pleased to present two videos featuring some of our of our exciting education initiatives so far this year, with commentary in Te Reo Maori, courtesy of Maori Television. Thanks Maori TV!
This clip is of our 'Me Hanga to ake Waiata' workshop held in Papakura during May. Rangatihi from eight secondary schools enjoyed a successful day of original songwriting joined musician mentors Seth Haapu, Ria Hall, Tama Waipara, Tonga Vaea, Lisa Crawley, Anna Coddington and Earl Ho. After whakatau and introductions to the musicians and their music, students worked fast and effectively with their chosen mentor, to present their original waiata to each other at the end of the day.
In the second clip is an interview with 15-year-old Waimarie Smith, winner of Hook, Line and Singalong - the NZ Music Month song writing competition - with her song 'Paradise'. More than 25,000 students have sung the song in May 2013. Waimarie recently performed it as part of the 'Matariki Magic' show which screened on the 18th of June.
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