This story was featured in the Manly Daily on the 6th February 2014. If you like to read it please click on the picture to enlarge.
This story was featured in the Manly Daily on the 24th January 2014. If you like to read it please click on the picture to enlarge.
Kiwi Waka is the annual celebration of Maori culture on the northern beaches and it continues to thrive.
This will be its eighth year. It’s on Sunday at the Time ‘n’ Tide Hotel and artistic director Joy Yates, of Newport, said the festival had grown in size. She said people were now aware of Kiwi Waka and that it was part of their social calendar.
“The artists who perform are primarily Maori but we also include other Island cultures and there is Aboriginal content,” she said. “It’s is definitely something of a niche for emerging artists, for soul and hip hop bands, and we always try to include a band which is doing quite well.”
Kiwi Waka will feature a range of food, art and craft stalls and for the kids there will be face painting and Jumping castle and other surprises. The official welcome commences at 9.30am.
This year the music program will feature local didgeridoo player Scott Romain. Also on the bill will be award winning cultural group Te Raranga Whanui, a gospel and island dance group called Poema, popular local soul and covers band Kotahi Groove, and Taiaha (Maori weaponry) exponents Tu Toa. “Suite Az, led by Juanita Tippins and Honga Latekefu, one of Sydney’s premier soul/funk/hip hop bands will close the music program, from 4pm to 5pm,” Mrs Yates said.
The Time ‘n’ Tide Hotel is located at 30 Campbell Ave, Dee Why.