Jojo Super 9s is coming Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival

Call for haka teams to register for Jojo Super 9s

Kapa haka enthusiasts have until midday Friday [30 August] to register for the Jojo Super 9s – created in memory of popular Te Arawa performer, the late Jojo Waaka.

The competition is being held at Te Manawa (old City Focus) on 21 September, and has a total prize pool of $9,000.

New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) is hosting the event, with support from Te Matatini Society, as part of the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival. It showcases teams of nine, who have just nine minutes to wow the judges and the crowd with eye-catching kapa haka performances.

NZMACI general manager, Eraia Kiel, encourages rōpū haka (groups) to register their teams, and locals to come along and support the event as spectators.

“Jojo Waaka radiated passion and love for Māori culture and that’s what the Jojo Super 9s is all about – expressing yourself and not being afraid to jump up on stage and let go,” says Mr Kiel.

“The event enables participants to showcase their skills, while embracing Jojo’s legacy and keeping her memory alive. It’ll be a great for us to come together to embrace Māori performing arts and celebrate Jojo.”

Every team who enters has the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes:

· 1st prize is $5k

· 2nd prize is $3k

· 3rd prize is $1k.

Teams can register online at https://bit.ly/2ZjHeGw

Rules and judges criteria can be found at https://bit.ly/2ZgCRAK

Background: Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival aims to celebrate, share and inspire through indigenous arts. For more information about the festival programme visit www.aronuiartsfestival.com

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