In 2016, filmmaker Natasha Sinclair followed Whitireia performing arts students on their annual international tour as they represented New Zealand at three world folk festivals in Portugal
Performing a repertoire covering Māori, Cook Island, Samoa and contemporary dance genres, the students display infectious motivation and commitment as the series gets to know them on and off stage.
The series is a shining example of what can happen when cultural connections are made and performance art forms are nurtured. A creative spark is ignited, space for development and growth are provided and a foundation of empowerment is established for our youth - turned leaders.
All nine episodes can be viewed on YouTube via the playlist embedded above or on demand at Māori Television.
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