Ngati Whatua Focus at Rugby World Cup

Waka Maori is a Ngati Whatua o Orakei led intiative for the Rugby World Cup.It involved a series of events that will be held in a unique purpose-built 70 metre long venue that follows the form of a waka.

It will be a stunning architectural addition to the colour and vitality of the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Waka Maori will be held at Te Wero Island on Auckland’s waterfront near Viaduct Harbour from 6 October to 23 October 2011.

Waka Maori is the place where the guitars will come out and people will take away the experience of having fun and being warmly welcomed into a group of people who are proud to show their culture and what it is to be Maori in the 21st century.

The programme of activity includes formal dinners seating up to 210, staging for concerts and performance events, and a Maori business showcase. It also includes an artisan village to display Maori arts such as weaving, carving and ta moko, and contemporary arts such as clothing design.

There are two streams of activity at Waka Maori. The first stream is a formal programme. This includes
opportunities for building business connections, concerts, dinners and five performances each day. The second stream is a planned series of ‘street’ events around the waka where people will be able to so such things as meet former All Blacks and Maori All Blacks, engage in story telling, participate in learning waiata and learn to use poi.

The informal programme also includes the Maori Club Rooms where visitors will be able to watch games on big screens and enjoy true Maori hosting and entertainment.