"Pitch Perfect meets Modern Family set on a marae" was the tagline for this 2017 Māori Television comedy/drama, about a kapa haka group that fluke their way to the national championships. This first episode shows that with seven weeks to prepare, whānaungatanga (family) will be as much of a challenge as getting it together onstage. Hori Ahipene plays dual roles as worried coach Teepz and Aunty Mavis. Roimata Fox plays kapa princess Koakoa, and actor turned director Katie Wolfe is Nanny Fanny. Press the CC box below the screen to translate occasional te reo dialogue.
She is one of those formidable matriarchs that a lot of people know and have in their iwi. I talked to a lot of people who knew these matriarchs who are often connected with their kapa haka teams and absolutely tough as tough ... They don't hold anything back in telling you where you went wrong.– Actor Katie Wolfe on playing Nanny Fanny, in an interview with TV Guide, 14 March 2017
Enter the Dragon Productions
Made with funding from Te Māngai Pāho
Waiata composed by Kawariki Morgan, Mana Epiha, Hemi Taitin, Paraone Gloyne, Pumi Taituha and Marama Turei