The Dragon and Taniwha Concert-Music enriching cultural diversity and community cohesion

Image of the Dragon and Taniwha Concert group

This wonderful cross-cultural concert arranged by the Music Association of Auckland (MAA) as a follow-up to the Dragon and Taniwha Festival earlier this year was held on 13 October and was enjoyed by people from many different backgrounds.

Special guests included; the Te Pou Whakairo Kapa Haka group from the Ngāti Whātua o Orakei and over 70 passionate Chinese musicians. Together they delivered a joyful selection of Chinese, Māori and western choral works, ensembles, duet, soloists and Chinese instrumentals.

"Music is connecting us and enabling cultural exchange between the Chinese and Māori communities," says Iris Cheng, President of the Music Association of AKL Inc. "Year-long rehearsals have kept us at a good standard of music performance and we have thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with our Māori friends." MAA was mentored by Esther Davis who has 50 years experience of Māori performing arts, and she is acknowledged for her services not only to her Iwi but also the wider community.

Photo: Members of the Music Association of Auckland and Te Pou Whakairo group performing together.