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When:

Fri 7 May 2010, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Ballroom Cafe, 9 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Charlie Holland

Three vocally energised Māori performers will perform upstairs at the Ballroom Cafe in Newtown, Wellington, 6.30pm on Friday 7 May.

This will be the group's launch before heading off to tour the Bay of Plenty region.

Featuring performers Tarah Rudolph-Ahkiau, Rawiri James and Troy Hunt the touring programme has been aptly named FRESH Tour 2010 and will go on to tour the Whakatane region, 11–13 May, visiting secondary schools in an effort to promote, inspire and encourage creativity in students, particularly those of Māori and Pacific descent.

Performance poet Tarah Rudolph-Ahkiau, a member of the South Auckland Poets Collective, will be saying it “loud and definitely proud” as her rhythmic prose beats out an expression of what it is like to be young and brown in Aotearoa.

“When I am on stage I am not afraid to speak about things that interest me. Performance poetry is liberating. I want our young poets to feel the same way about their poetry, to be confident, original and FRESH.” says Rudolph-Ahkiau.

Screenwriter, actor, singer and fiction writer Rawiri James is also no stranger to the stage. James will be presenting his motivated performance of storytelling and song saying, “With FRESH I get to mix it up and feed off the talents and energy of the other performers.”

The third performer Troy Hunt, a musician and poet, offers an array of edgy poems and beats that deal with the complexity of social and political issues through to simpler thoughts like – life as a piece of fruit.

FRESH Tour 2010 is an established tour created by Toi Maori Aotearoa’s literary committees Te Ha and Nga Pou Kaituhi Māori to support and expose young Māori artists and Māori literature to a wider audience.

For media enquiries, please contact Tamahou Temara, Toi Māori Aotearoa.
Phone (04) 801-7914
Email: tamahou@maoriart.org.nz

ENDS

About Toi Māori Aotearoa:
Toi Māori Aotearoa is the national organisation for Māori art and artists and receives major funding from Te Waka Toi, the Māori Arts Board of Creative New Zealand.