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Maori Side Tour 08


Sat 20 Sep 2008, 8:00pm

Where: Onerahi Tavern, Whangarei District

Ticket Information:

  • Door Sales: $35.00
  • Pre Sales: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: nzreggae

House of Shem, Unity Pacific, Ms Black and Crew, Sons Of Zion. Tickets available from venue and 2meke Training Centre on Water St or text (021) 278 2002.

”ENROL MAORI, VOTE MAORI” That’s the message from the organisers of the “MAORI SIDE TOUR”. Soon to start in September, the tour aims to encourage our youth to take an active role in the political future of Aotearoa, New Zealand and has been devised as a way of engaging Rangatahi Māori in the furore, through showcasing some of Māoridoms musical talent.

The “Māori side Tour” is the brainchild of tv presenter and musician, Kimo Winiata. Kimo says “Rangatahi Māori are naturally into music and what better vehicle for encouraging Youth participation in politics than sounds with a Māori flavour”.

It’s no secret that Māori participation rates are low when it comes voting, and approx one out of every three young Maori between the ages of 18 – 25 are still not registered to vote. The organisers are looking to team up with the electoral enrolment centre to help target Māori Youth throughout the tour - to get 18-25 years olds in particular onto the roll.

Kimo says “Its one thing to be enrolled - it’s another to get our people out to vote. If every Māori person enrolled 5 people in their whanau, we could finally see the balance of power shift in parliament towards Māori interests”.

The “Māori side Tour” will travel through six of the seven Māori Electorates and starts in Hamilton.

This first gig features frontliners HOUSE OF SHEM and CORNERSTONE ROOTS, as well as NATIVE SONS and ANATONIO. The tour then moves through to ROTORUA at the Lake House Hotel on 13 September. The tour ventures to the big smoke of AUCKLAND at the Carlton Bar Newmarket on Friday 19 September - where it is joined by the sultry sounds of MISS BLACK and the hip-hop master DJ POROUFESSOR. Then continuing up to WHANGAREI on 20 September, the Onerahi Tavern will be rocked by the previous artists, as well as the SONS OF ZION. On 26 September at Latitude Live, NAPIER will go off to HOPE ROAD, NGA MOREHU AND DAVE GRACE, and MATIU TE HUKI will join the tour at the Loaded Hog in LEVIN on 27 September.

Although it is a massive undertaking, Kimo believes it will be worth it, “Māori Rangatahi deserve to have a voice in Politics. Why let other political parties shape our realities. The main kaupapa (issue) on this tour is to raise political awareness amongst 18-25 years about enrolling, voting and realising we have a say in our future. Rangatahi Māori know where its at - there’s only one independent Māori voice in parliament - and it belongs to us”.

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