Nau mai, haere mai e Te Mana Kuratahi ki Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Māui! Welcome to you all, ‘Te Mana Kuratahi’, welcome to the top of the South Island!
Nelson Airport is eagerly awaiting the arrival of rōpū (groups) from across the motu (country) for the national primary schools kapa haka competition, Te Mana Kuratahi.
We’re particularly excited to be able to welcome our guests with this stunning display of images from Te Ara o Hine Rēhia: A journey into the world of kapa haka, by local photographer Melissa Banks Photographer. From the beauty of the poi to the power of the haka, Melissa’s work celebrates the complexity of kapa haka and its significance in our community. The terminal display is a sample of the full exhibition currently on at the Nelson Provincial Museum, which combines photography, video and sound to transport visitors behind the scenes to the warmth and intimacy of kapa haka practice and preparation, through to the transcendent energy of performing on the big stage.
Te Mana Kuratahi will be on at the Trafalgar Centre from 30 October to 2 November, and will showcase the hard work, energy and enthusiasm of 46 primary school kapa haka from 16 regions. We can’t wait!