The Tempo team welcomes all dance lovers of Tāmaki Makaurau to join us for a very special opening ceremony for Tempo Dance Festival 2019. Activated by dance rangatira Kura Te Waati and Ngāti Whātuā ki Orākei, this event will pay respect to the whenua and constellation of tupuna that have made our dance-making possible. We welcome our cherished dance communities aboard the Tempo waka, and extend our aroha to you all. The ceremony will conclude with music and light refreshments before the opening of Pōhutu by Bianca Hyslop and Rowan Pierce.