TE TINI A MĀUI
Papaki kau ana ngā tai o mihi
The many descedants of Māui welcome you.
We are a whānau (family) based Māori cultural dance group based in Vancouver, Canada. Haka keeps us connected to our roots in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The group started in 2009 to bring together Vancouver based whānau who wanted to sing Māori songs - just because it was something we as Māori did back home in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Before long, we started singing at events throughout Vancouver that promoted New Zealand or supported First Nation community events.
Over time we began to get requests to perform in other parts of British Columbia, then in various cities in the USA. We also represented Canada at the ex-pats Kapa Haka festival with groups from other countries, in Hawai'i in 2013.
Since 2009, we have continued to get together and sing waiata as a wider whānau based in Vancouver, Canada.
We are Māori living in Vancouver who remain connected to our traditional Māori language and practices through our Māori dances and songs.
We continue to support organizations or events that promote Aotearoa, New Zealand as a destination or New Zealand products and of course, celebrates our Māori culture. We also support indigenous group events that celebrate indigeneity and tribal empowerment.
Some of our previous performances
We provided entertainment and cultural support for New Zealand companies promoting their products in the pre-match functions for the Māori All Blacks' and the All Blacks' games in Chicago, USA in 2016. Proudly supported by NZ Trade and Enterprise and the NZ Embassy and AIG
We performed at the Denver Convention Centre in support of New Zealand Universities at the NAFSA Conference.
We continually support the First Nations communities in Canada. Since we are Vancouver, Canada based, we think it is imperative to show support at First Nations events when possible. We were invited to perform at the Kamloops Pow Wow in August 2016
In 2017 we were fortunate to provide half time entertainment at the Māori All Blacks rugby game against the Canada rugby team at BC Place Vancouver. We were honoured to share the half time entertainment segment with traditional dancers from Squamish First Nation.
We supported Native American dancers at the Sacred Springs Pow Wow in San Marcos, Texas. It was a great opportunity to witness and celebrate their traditional dances.
We supported Air New Zealand who celebrated 10 years of flying direct between New Zealand and Canada (flying from Auckland to Vancouver and Toronto).
COSTA MESA 2018
We enjoyed a bit of time on the red carpet at a Fisher & Paykel promotion event in Costa Mesa, Los Angeles. We provided a performance during an event promoting the latest Fisher & Paykel appliances.
Canada Day 2018 was celebrated with our First Nation brothers and sisters with dances alongside Squamish Nation. The event was an opportunity to share our songs and dances and to celebrate the beauty of indigeneity.
WASHINGTON DC 2018
The NZ Embassy in Washington DC hosted an event to celebrate the peoples of the Pacific. We were fortunate to perform alongside groups from Hawai'i, Samoa and Australia.
We were invited by the Louisiana Indian Heritage Association to attend and perform at their Annual Powwow. We were privileged to share our culture and witness their traditional dances whilst enjoying their hospitality.
Pure Discovery 2019 was an event held in both Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, to showcase New Zealand wines. The event was hosted by NZ Winegrowers and involved NZ wine, NZ winegrowers and NZ focused cuisine.
Te Tini a Māui Kapa Haka celebrated ten years in 2019. To celebrate our birthday, members from across the years met in Hawai'i and were privileged to perform in the whare whakairo at the Polynesian Cultural Centre, Hawaikiroa.
WHAT WE DO
Quality performances supporting New Zealand and indigenous celebration and promotion
We provide a variety of performance options to promote New Zealand and celebrate indigeneity. We can entertain audiences at conferences, at promotional events, ceremonial functions and many more.
We pride ourselves in our ability to tailor our performances to the event.
We are happy to discuss the needs of the event to ensure that we are confident that we are providing the best possible performance that will give you the most WOW and a reflection of our culture back in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Our array of performances can include waiata-ā-ringa (action songs), poi and haka. We can support dignitaries after speeches; welcome visitors; celebrate events; perform after-dinners or workshops - provided they are New Zealand or indigenous focussed.
We have an extensive repertoire of songs and often perform multiple times at single events with both short (5 - 10 minute) or longer (20 - 30 minute) performances.
We're happy to explain what songs mean to audiences and to get people up to be interactive.
Unfortunately we do not perform at family functions like birthdays and funerals. Our performances are strictly for promoting New Zealand and supporting indigenous community events.