Kahurangi – Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu

Our History

The Kahurangi Māori Dance Theatre was at the forefront of the renaissance of Māori Performing Arts in the early 1980’s.

Founded in 1983 by the late Tama Huata, ONZM, MBA (pictured to the left) and a team who shared his vision to present Māori performing arts in a dynamic and contemporary manner, Kahurangi has proudly delivered its incredible performances and workshops for four decades.

Kahurangi is based in Hastings, New Zealand in the territory of the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi (tribe) on the East Coast of the North Island.

This iwi is the third largest and covers the second largest geographical region. Through a shared ancestry Ngāti Kahungunu can trace their roots to Hawaiki in the Marquesas Islands, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and to four tribes in Northland, Tauranga, Gisborne and the South Island of New Zealand.

Kahurangi Timeline