Tau Malolo Ha Niue, a gaggle of 5-20 yr olds lead by Esa-Jayne Peika, is flaunting their Niue satisfaction on the Pasifika Pageant stage this weekend.
Peika started Tau Malolo Ha Niue in 2019 as Tau Afine Niue (ladies of Niue) as an avenue to study Vagahau Niue (Niue language) via performing music and dance.
Peika grew up with a dad who was very concerned in performing and singing, however realised not everybody had the identical cultural entry.
”Except you’re a part of a church or village group, which there aren’t a lot of in New Zealand, there aren’t many alternatives to affix a Niue group”, mentioned Peika.
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“It’s a actuality of being of Niue descent however born and raised in New Zealand.
“So it’s a approach to preserve that connection and study our Niue tradition….it’s being misplaced sadly [as] the individuals who have that information have handed on.”
Despite the fact that she doesn’t thoughts that it’s plenty of work, Peika mentioned she wished there have been extra Niuean cultural teams to nourish the tradition and language in Niusilani (New Zealand).
“The energy of our tradition lies inside the subsequent era”, mentioned Peika. “I believe it is all the time good to provide again it doesn’t matter what you do…and that’s how I’m doing that right here.”
Of their rehearsals they observe music and dance, study prayers and customs and sing glad birthday in Vagahau Niue.
Enise Haletama-Kauie and J’me-Li Tuhenga have been a part of the group because it was an all-girls group (boys are actually welcome). They joined the group the yr that Pasifika was first cancelled because of the Christchurch shootings and haven’t been capable of carry out at Western Springs till this yr.
For them, it’s a manner of sustaining a connection to their tradition and language. After a protracted week of labor, Haletama-Kauie and Tuhenga have joined mother and father of performers round a sea of ti leaves to make foufou lauti (inexperienced headdresses) and polo lima (arm bands) for his or her costume.
Evaniah Lagiono, whose 8-year-old daughter is performing in group, has been concerned in Tau Malolo Ha Niue on a private stage.
“Not everyone seems to be keen to go on the market and educate the youngsters and fogeys like us and do these items”, mentioned Lagiono, explaining why it might be troublesome to return throughout cultural teams like theirs.
For Lagiono it’s price being up late on a Friday night time in a sizzling room making hei lauti. “Meaning loads to me as her mom as a result of she’s tremendous pleased with her tradition and I would like her to hold on and proceed to study.”
The following day, performers of Tau Malolo Ha Niue rose earlier than the solar and obtained prepared for 2 rounds of performances on the Niue village of the Pasifika Pageant. Whānau arrange mats and rolled in packing containers and suitcases of attire, equipment, foufou and polo lima constituted of the night time earlier than.
“Is it the left or proper ear?”, mother and father yelled as they tucked hibiscus of their daughters’ ears and utilized their lipstick.
Peika took the chance to make a language lesson out of left and rights. She shouts “hema” (left) and “matau” (proper), prompting the performers to do hand actions that they’ve learnt earlier than of their periods. “The flower goes in the precise ear”.
“Everybody flip to whoever’s round you for a excessive 5 and say ‘final one!’”, calls Peika, to her performers. Despite the fact that they’d already carried out it on stage as soon as, a few of them have been nervous and practising the strikes backstage, however most have been simply excited to be in costume and getting up there once more.
Lagiono was additionally wearing the identical purple gown as her daughter however supporting her from the aspect of stage. The group had whānau throughout from backstage, to aspect of stage, within the band and within the viewers.
After a sudden downpour of rain, the group treaded up the stage and carried out their repertoire together with separate gadgets for the boys, youthful ladies and older ladies, earlier than uniting for a joint merchandise.
The mother and father waited proudly on the backside of the steps for a post-show embrace earlier than they might lastly calm down and benefit from the afternoon.
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