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Nga Tapuwae o Kupe is a music drama directed by Rangimoana Taylor. It is based on the story of Kupe's journey from Hawaiki to Aotearoa and his discovery of various landmarks around Whanganui-a-Tara/the Wellington region.
While this work maintains a strong Maori theme, with karanga, haka and waiata, as well it weaves in other Pacific and European elements.
For school choir, instrumentalists, dancers and kapa haka, this work was composed with the financial assistance of a composition grant from Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and was first performed by 140 students from South Wellington Intermediate School in July 1992 for Artsplash, the Wellington Young People's Festival.
Composition Grant from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand) for Artsplash Young People's Festival
This work is suitable for intermediate school or junior secondary school students.
Text: Rangimoana Taylor, Helen Fisher
Performed by South Wellington Intermediate Choir and band;Justin Pearce (horn); Apirana Taylor(koauau); Julie Sperring (flute/ piano); Bridget Miles (clar/ sax); directed by Rangimoana Taylor. was first performed by 140 students from South Wellington Intermediate School in July 1992 for Artsplash, the Wellington Young People's Festival.