June 13, 2016
Kapa haka short changed
New Zealand First is accusing the Government of short changing Maori performing arts.
Maori spokesperson Pita Paraone says Te Matatini has received just $1.9 million for the coming year compared to the $5.4 million set aside for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and $14.6 million for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
He says kapa haka is hugely popular throughout New Zealand and should receive a bigger slice of the performing arts pie.
With more funding, Te Matatini could support kapa haka to be the cornerstone of our national performing arts and culture – promoted and celebrated not only in New Zealand but internationally.
Mr Paraone says kapa haka could be exported to the world as a celebration of New Zealand’s culture, just as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been for Scotland.
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