The world’s biggest Māori and Pacific Islands cultural festival has kicked off in Tāmaki Makaurau.
However, this year’s event will be performed in front of no crowds. It is the first time in the festival’s 47-year history the event has been scaled down and brought online.
Instead secondary school students will perform traditional speech, song, and dance to a host of on-site judges. A livestream will enable families across the country to cheer their loved ones on from home.
The number of groups performing this year has dropped down from around 200 pre-Covid to 68 this year.