David Kay Conductor
Teina Moetara, Ruth Smith, Tama Waipara and Mere Boynton Creative team
If a place was to speak to you, what message would it give?
Wai-hī-rere across time has always authored its own narration through the vitality, HIHĪ and flow of its waters, environment and people. HIHĪ draws inspiration from that authority, giving the message of this place human and instrumental voices.
HIHĪ – A Song of Place showcases some of our most remarkable songbirds amidst the exquisite beauty of our natural environment.
Nestled at the base of Ahitītī and surrounded by the beauty of the Waihirere Domain Reserve, HIHĪ combines haka, waiata, opera and showcasing the beauty of te reo Māori.
Featuring renowned singers Maisey Rika, Deborah Wai Kapohe, Erena Koopu and Rutene Spooner, accompanied by musicians from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, this spectacular and unique opera event showcases the songs of Te Tairāwhiti, well-loved waiata sung in operatic style, kapa haka and favourite opera arias performed in te reo Māori.
This world premeiere event will be the highlight and is not to be missed.
Created by Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival in collaboration with Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts.