Manaia: more than a song and dance routine   6 Dec 2005

Ellie van Baaren

When Kateia Burrows and her husband Karl came to London six years ago with their young daughter, they got in touch with the Maori cultural group Ngati Ranana.

"It’s where you go when you’ve been involved in kapa haka and you are so far from home," she says.

But after several years of involvement with Ngati Ranana, a small number of friends that had a strong passion for performing sensed a potential to fill a niche in the market and began working on their own initiative.

An idea that grew into Manaia Maori Performing Arts Company now involving Kateia Burrows, Ria Epiha-Anderson, Kylie Ngaropo and Karl Burrows. The new kid on the block in a thriving cultural area in the UK, first performed in 2004 and has grown quickly since then.

"We wanted to take a risk and see if it would work out," Burrows says. "And I guess it has."

Despite branching out into educational services and corporate workshops, Manaia’s strongest area is still its performances.

Burrows says the group perform at functions including birthdays, weddings and official events, but one of her personal highlights was performing at the 2005 Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Manaia’s performance was given the thumbs up from several sources, including English media.

"It was certainly a first for the Proms, but also for the Royal Albert Hall and the NZSO. So it was very special," she says.

But the group has also been involved with a schools initiative in Slough where they taught children from three primary schools traditional Maori Waiata and a haka to perform at a big open air dance festival held in Slough in July 2004.

"Ninety children from three different schools got up there in front of 2000 people and performed, and they stole the show," Burrows enthuses.

Burrows now has three children and although they attend English schools, they are still living a Maori life at home, meaning that they still sound like proper little Kiwis!

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Government announces review of organisational culture and processes at the Human Rights Commission

22 Feb 2018 News By Hon Andrew Little
21 FEBRUARY 2018 Justice Minister Andrew Little today announced that he has ordered a review of the procedures and organisational... more

NZ increases humanitarian funding for Syrian war victims

22 Feb 2018 News
NZ increases humanitarian funding for Syrian war victims Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand... more

Business

CPTPP text and National Interest Analysis released for public scrutiny

22 Feb 2018 Business News By Hon David Parker
21 FEBRUARY 2018 Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker has today welcomed the release of the text of the Comprehensive... more

Leading digital nations put digital rights at the heart of their agenda

22 Feb 2018 Business News By Hon Clare Curran
World digital government leaders meeting in Wellington for the Digital Ministerial Summit have set up a digital rights working group,... more

Living

London Cafes to Soothe Kiwi Homesickness

24 Nov 2017 London By Emma Creese
Exploring the world is a big draw for Kiwis to take an OE, but everyone moves their lives 18,000km from home not even thinking... more

New London venue and new look for New Zealand Annual Tasting

24 Nov 2017 Food & Wine
New Zealand Winegrowers will hold their Annual Trade Tasting in January at a new venue, and with it a new look and features for... more

Property

No new solutions in housing report

12 Feb 2018 Property By Michael Woodhouse
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018   The Government's housing stocktake report released today adds no new knowledge or... more

Stocktake finds housing crisis deeper, more entrenched

12 Feb 2018 Property
12 FEBRUARY 2018 An independent stocktake of New Zealand’s housing sector has found the housing crisis the country faces is deeper... more

Migration

Community organisations chosen to sponsor refugees in New ZealandI

26 Jan 2018 Migration By Hon Iain Lees-Galloway
26 JANUARY 2018 Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has today announced the four community-based organisations who will be the... more

Building occupations added to skill shortage list

14 Dec 2017 Migration By Iain Lees-Galloway
15 DECEMBER 2017 It will be easier for the building industry to find the workers it needs to help address New Zealand’s housing... more

Travel

International visitors spend $10.6bn in year to December

22 Feb 2018 Travel & Tourism
International visitor spending reached a record high of $10.6 billion in the year to December 2017, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis... more

NZ Election 2017: Tourism fund for infrastructure and conservation

28 Aug 2017 Travel & Tourism
Tourism fund for infrastructure and conservation Posted by Kris Faafoi on August 28, 2017 Labour will estaba Tourism and... more

Sport

Winter Olympics: NZ Triples Medal Count in Single Day

22 Feb 2018 Sport
New Zealand has tripled its Olympic Winter Games medal count in a single stunning afternoon at PyeongChang 2018. Zoi... more

Day 9 at the Games: Men's Giant Slalom and Team Pursuit Update

17 Feb 2018 Sport
17 Feb 2018 Adam Barwood finished 34th and Willis Feasey 36th in the men’s Giant Slalom in PyeongChang... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the Gareth Morgan crusade

11 Nov 2016 Opinion
Gordon Campbell on the Gareth Morgan crusade First published on Werewolf The ghastly likes of Marine Le Pen in France and Geert ... more

Gordon Campbell on the US election outcome

10 Nov 2016 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on the US election outcome Well um.. on the bright side, there (probably)... more

Kiwi Success

Law Commissioner appointed

29 May 2017 Appointments
29 May 2017 Former Secretary for Justice Belinda Clark has been appointed as Law Commissioner, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced... more

Spencer to be Acting Governor of Reserve Bank

8 Feb 2017 Appointments
7 Feb 2017 Finance Minister Steven Joyce will appoint current Deputy Reserve Bank Governor Grant Spencer as the Acting Governor of... more

Recruitment

Fastest growing jobs - NZ recruitment

21 Dec 2017 Recruitment
New Zealand’s increasing need for social services has seen jobs in the Community Services & Development industry among the... more

Online job ads continue growing strongly

26 Jun 2017 Recruitment
23 June 2017 Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says the latest Jobs Online report shows strong growth... more