Story: Kapa haka – Māori performing arts

'Poi e'

'Poi e', with its catchy tune, infectious rhythm and breakdance routines, became a hit for the Pātea Maori Club (previously known as the South Taranaki Cultural Club) in 1984. The words were written by Ngāti Porou composer Ngoi Pēwhairangi and the music was composed by Pātea local Dalvanius Prime. The hit, which drew on traditional kapa haka as well as contemporary hip hop, came at the right time for the club, as the Pātea freezing works had closed in 1982 and the town faced economic decline. The song was later expanded into a musical that told the story of Pātea.

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Valance Smith, 'Kapa haka – Māori performing arts - Urban groups and formal competitions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/43931/poi-e (accessed 22 May 2018)

Story by Valance Smith, published 22 Oct 2014