Waitaha kapa haka prepare for Cricket World Cup opening ceremony

Waitaha kapa haka prepare for Cricket World Cup opening ceremony

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In other news,
very soon, the ICC Cricket World Cup, the world’s third largest
sporting event, is set to get under way
in Christchurch. Millions will watch
the Cricket World Cup. Our reporter Heta Gardiner is there. What’s happening on the ground? You’re right Scotty, the eyes will be directly
on NZ tonight, and in a few hours, we’ll see singers like Sole Mio
and Hayley Westenra on stage, as well as kapa haka
for a global audience to see on tv screens around the world. Maori on the world stage. Even though the audience
is expected to be in the billions, that isn’t daunting. What’s important
is that the world will get to see the Maori culture on display. Here are the three Matatini groups
from the South Island. They are used to battling
each other, but today, teamwork is the name
of the game. In the coming hours, this stage will rumble
at the feet of Maori haka. This is a big year
for these performers, they will welcome the masses
to their backyard for the Matatini later in the year. But this is another level, with millions of viewers
expected for the event. Something that has
some performers nervous. Yeah, I’m a little nervous,
but at the end of the day, we have the chance
to showcase our Maori culture, and there is nothing scary
about that. This is one of the biggest events
to come to Christchurch. They had their Rugby World Cup games
moved four years ago because of the earthquakes. Now all eyes will be on the city. There is also a big responsibility on the shoulders
of these performers to be the face of all Maoridom. It is a good responsibility. A good experience for us. Despite those responsibilities, one kaihaka knows
it also presents an opportunity. The world will see you, and so
will the other Matatini groups. Is this a chance to show them
how strong your groups are? Yes, that’s the plan. But for now,
the stage is all theirs. Maori culture will feature
in the opening ceremony. Beyond that, organisers
have kept plans under wraps aside from a poi performance
tonight. No doubt
there’ll be a big night ahead. Does ICC Cricket World Cup hold
any significance for Maori? Yes, well cricket isn’t
a popular sport with Maori. However, 2.4b people
will be watching this event. 2.4b is much larger than
what the Rugby World Cup viewership, even bigger than the Super Bowl and
the Commonwealth Games can boast. So there is a lot of opportunity
for Maori businesses from the tourism revenue
that will result from the event. Final question, how are the Black
Caps and what’s predicted for them? All engines are a go, and it’s expected that they
will reach the semi-finals. Beyond that is anyone’s guess. While Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell
aren’t on the team, bowling coach Shane Bond
who is of Ngai Tahu descent will be waving the Maori flag. The competition is going
to start soon. I’m proudly supporting my country,
Scotty, it’s going to be great. Thank you Heta Gardiner reporting
from Christchurch.

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