Maori Performing Arts Company engaging, entertaining, and educating the world about New Zealand Maori culture.

Manaia's Bio

Maori Performing Arts Company engaging, entertaining, and educating the world about New Zealand Maori culture.

Manaia is a 100% Maori owned and operated London-based company, which specialises in providing professional Maori performing arts services to the world. Our mission is to engage, entertain and educate the international community about New Zealand Maori culture through the provision of Maori cultural performances, corporate workshops and educational services.

As a Maori performing arts company, our team bring over 20 years of professional experience to the field and have had the pleasure of teaching and sharing our Maori culture and language, holding workshops and participating in international festivals and performances throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Asia and the South Pacific.

Maori Cultural Performances
Manaia performers bring with them a wealth of experience in kapa haka or Maori performing arts. Many of our team members have performed at the top level of Maori performing arts in New Zealand and all have had international experience performing before other cultures.

Traditional Performances
Our traditional Maori performances incorporate the world famous haka, poi dance (swirling white balls on end of string) and waiata (songs and harmony performed with actions). Our performances are coordinated to ensure variety and visual stimulation, incorporating choreography, karanga (ritualised call of our women), whaikorero (ritualised oratory of our men), Maori weaponry and percussion instruments.

Manaia can also provide a traditional Maori welcome, an often highly ritualised and emotive welcome involving karanga (our women’s call of welcome), speeches and song, culminating in the joining of two groups through the hongi or pressing of noses. Such welcomes are most often suitable for those very important occasions and Manaia are able to facilitate and guide the involvement of all in this process.

Contemporary performances
Manaia also provides Maori cultural performances which incorporate modern sounds and beats. A response to contemporary changes in music, Manaia are at the leading edge in putting Maori movement incorporating traditional dance of the haka, poi and movement in traditional weaponry to the sounds of the latest Maori music to come on to the international stage including Oceania and Wai 100.

Our contemporary performances are ideal for black and white tie events, private parties or any other event which demands something unique, something exotic, yet something hard hitting with a contemporary feel. Guaranteed to be attention grabbing, particularly with Manaia’s contemporary outfits and fashion wear.

Recent performances
Recently Manaia has performed at the following events:
Opening of the New Zealand Embassy in Warsaw, Poland
Private birthday party for celebrity – Notting Hill, London
Business launch in Paris, France
Product launch at store in Oxford Street, London (Fisher & Paykel)
Event launch for Adidas, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cultural event for Shell (New Zealand Day), Waterloo, London
Private Wedding, London, United Kingdom
Service Launch (Family Group Conferences for Local Authority social services), Woking, Surrey
Molten Cultural Festival – London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
NZ Society Waitangi Ball – The Dorchester, Mayfair, London

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