Atamira is New Zealand’s leading Maori Contemporary dance company and comprises New Zealand’s top Maori dancers and choreographers.

This new show is presented as part of Matariki Festival. Eight engaging performances exhibit the strength and pride of contemporary Maori dance.

"Atamira is an exciting, assured company that is growing from strength to strength.  A considerable plus is the range of personalities and depth among its dancers."  Francesca Horsley, NZ LISTENER, KAHA 2012


From Haka to Breakin' from the 1980's, KAHA is a smart and current collection of contemporary dance works that draw on a range of styles and themes.  

Artistic Director Moss Patterson presents three NEW short works:Haka - a contemporary version of the mighty challenge,  Moko -  exploring the art of body tattoo,  and Koru  - inspired by the iconic spiral design.

A favourite excerpt from Ngai Tahu 32 choreographed by former Atamira member Louise Potiki-Bryant is a special feature, and Jack Gray explores new territory in his provocative new contemporary piece, Mitimiti.

Drawing inspiration from the mythical patupaiarehe, Piata, Taane Mete’s work, is a heart-wrenching female solo exploring the idea of an entity existing between two worlds.

Kelly Nash presents a compelling new high-vibe work choreographed to dub-step.

Completing the programme is a spunky version of Poi E Thriller. This much loved dance from the smash-hit New Zealand movie BOY, is choreographed by longstanding Atamira member Dolina Wehipeihana. Its combination of kapa haka and Michael Jackson moves, is a catchy toe-tapper! POI E!

"Absolutely LOVED the show - powerful, beautiful and very slick. A stunning blend of such different works - which had my 'I don't like contemporary dance' fiance spellbound and wanting to see more." Kylie Hawker,Taupo ERUPT Festival, KAHA 2012

Join Atamira in theatres this Matariki for a high-energy celebration!

Atamira's earlier season in March 2012, entitled HOUsold out.

For a sneak peek of what to expect check out this YouTube clip: