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The Stage - Haka Fusion - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2016

Television talent show franchises like Got Talent and X Factor won huge global popularity in the first two decades of the 21st Century. In 2016 the format got an Aotearoa twist with this Māori Television series: each contestant’s routine had to include kapa haka. Hosted by Kimo Houltham, this first episode sees Norris Studios (jazz ballet), Mana Wairua (contemporary), and Sovreign (hip hop) compete to see who has "haka flair". Manu Wairua’s World War II-inspired act and Sovreign’s rākau (Māori weaponry) skills saw the judges send them to the quarter finals.

Show them something totally random. Something that makes people go 'wow, how did you do that? How does this exist'?
– Judge Luke Bird

Key Cast & Crew

Nicole Horan

Head of Production

Rangi Rangitukunoa

Director, Camera Operator

Kimo Houltham


Piripi Menary


Erina Tamepo


Mick Lake

Technical Director

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