Te Paepae is an intrinsic part of WOMAD in Taranaki.
Te Paepae (meeting place hosted by Māori; New Zealand’s indigenous people) promotes the uniqueness of Aotearoa by hosting an integrated hub of activity and amidst a backdrop of cross-cultural awareness and tolerance. It is a place for artists and WOMAD patrons to engage and interact with artists through music, dance, cultural artistry workshops and conversations.
Since 2003 WOMAD NZ has been committed to promoting the uniqueness of Aotearoa to an international audience, as a result of the desire Te Paepae was born and still remains as a strong point of identity for WOMAD NZ.
The workshops on the Paepae stage are an opportunity to interact with the artists, learn about their traditional instruments and take dance lessons.
“Te Paepae acts as a place of welcome to artists and WOMAD patrons; a place to come and experience the culture, and to meet some of the local people” says WOMAD cultural advisor Wharehoka Wano.
There are plenty of opportunities for Māori culture and artistry to be experienced at Te Paepae, and activities in the past have included Raranga (weaving), Tā Moko (tattoo), and Kapa Haka (Māori performing arts).