The one-day symposium Ngā Mana Whakairo a Toi – Celebrating Haka Excellence is being held today, at the Rotorua Convention Centre and is expected to attract 600 people.

Organised by Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi: Indigenous-University in association with Te Matatini Society, the national body for Māori Performing Arts.

Robert Ruha of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi says that it’s about building a platform for HAKA excellence.

He wānanga nui to Ngā Mana Whakairo a Toi ka tū hei te Mane e tū mai nei ki roto o Rotorua me te whakaaro ano, neke atu i te ono rau te hunga ka whakarauika atu.  Ko te huinga tēnei e whakahaere ana e Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi i te taha o Te Matatini.  Hei ngā kōrero a Robert Ruha o Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi ko te tirohanga whānui he whakatakoto i te papa āhuru mo ngā mahi whakanui i te HAKA!