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The Road to Te Matatini - First Episode

Television (Full Length) – 2021

Presenter Wairangi Koopu's vocal chords get a proper work out in the first episode of The Road to Te Matatini, a series visiting different kapa haka groups across Aotearoa ahead of the prestigious bi-annual Te Matatini kapa haka festival. Koopu is in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) to meet award-winning cultural group Hātea, whose specialty is waiata tira, the opening choral song in a kapa haka performance. Hātea conductor Te Aranga o Otene Hopa puts Koopu in with his bass singers, and Koopu soon appreciates how hard it is to 'stay in your lane' in a complex group vocal arrangement.

I just want to try and outshine my siblings and all my whānau.
– Teen Hinerewa Sally Hopa on her motivation when performing with Hātea

Key Cast & Crew

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Nigel Foster

Sound Post Production

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Bailey Mackey

Executive Producer

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Greg Parker

Cinematographer

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Joe Whitehead

Story Producer, Series Producer

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Wairangi Koopu

Story Producer, Presenter

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Glen Molesworth

Editor

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