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Pao Pao Pao

Pao Pao Pao

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  • Sat 17 Feb ’18, 6:00pm – 9:00pm


Pipitea Marae, 55 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Concession (Gold Card/Student with valid ID): $15.00
  • Child (5-12): $10.00
  • Family (2 Adults and 2 Children (5 to 12 years of age)): $50.00

Pao Pao Pao is an annual musical showcase, now in its 17th year which is designed to celebrate the diversity of Māori music forms.

The line-up for Pao Pao Pao 2018 features:
- Internationally-acclaimed, APRA Maioha Award-winning Māori thrash metal band Alien Weaponry;

- Acclaimed Haka-soul Musician and Pao Pao Pao mentor Rob Ruha, supported by The Witch Doctor;

- Solo a cappella songstress and queen of loops, Mihirangi;

- Wellington-based soul, RnB and roots band Grove Roots, featuring the powerful vocals of Sianne;

- Māori Gospel-Soul artist Kaaterama, winner of the Emerging Artist Under 25 Award at the 10th annual Waiata Māori Music Awards in 2017;

- Celebrated slam poet Te Kahu Rolleston will perform his works in both English and Te Reo Māori;

- RnB Soul singer-songwriter and Waiata Māori Award winner Kirsten Te Rito with support from pianist James Illingworth and her band;

- golden-voiced soul singer Mara TK, performing alongside acclaimed songwriter and pianist Mark Vanilau;

- up-and-coming teen choreographer and dance sensation Ngareta Teira-Tuiloma showcasing dance/haka;

- plus, Kapa Haka performance with Te Haeata Awatea from Wellington College and Wellington Girls College;

- MCs for the night are Marama Fox and Adrian Wagner.

Producer Toni Huata said: “Pao Pao Pao’s kaupapa is about celebrating the diversity of Māori music forms and today’s announcement guarantees that this year’s event will do exactly that.”

The event, hosted by the Pūatatangi Committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa, is supported with funding from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission and Creative New Zealand. Pao Pao Pao 2018 promises to deliver a night of inspirational entertainment and is suitable for all ages.

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