MARQUETTE, Mich.—The heritage of New Zealand’s indigenous culture will be the focus of the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 11 at the Forest Roberts Theatre. The event is part of the NMU International Performing Arts Series.

            The Kahurangi Maori brings to life the South Pacific culture through audience participation, humor, traditional dance and tribal music. Through genealogical chants, martial arts techniques, powerful songs and dance, the company teaches about the Ngati Kahungunu tribe and Maori lifestyle to foster greater understanding of a unique indigenous culture.

Advance tickets are $5 for students, $13 for NMU faculty, staff and seniors over 60, and $18 for the general public. Prices at the door are $6 for students, $15 for NMU faculty and staff and seniors over 60, and $20 for the general public. Tickets are available through NMU EZ Ticket outlets, by calling 906-227-1032 or online at

Kahurangi was formed in 1983 to provide cultural, recreational, education and employment opportunities for graduates of the Takitimu Performing Arts School, based in Hastings, New Zealand. Since its creation the group has performed more than 2,000 concerts in its home country, as well as in Australia, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Mexico and the United States. 

The performance is part of a series of First Nation performances being celebrated March 11-14 that will also includesNMU’s annual “Learning To Walk Together” pow wow on Saturday, March 13.

Prepared By
Cindy Paavola
Director of Communications