A day's celebration

Pictured before an impromptu performance in Queenstown's Village Green yesterday during the group's all-day Christmas party are from left: (front row) Billie Johnston, Kahoki Mikaere, Liz Davis and manager, Ned Webster. Second row; Cel Mikaere, Kuini Mahia and Ngawai Davis. (Back row): Owner, Norm Ruru, Dougie Petley, Gareth Johnson and Jahmaine Cummings.
Pictured before an impromptu performance in Queenstown's Village Green yesterday during the group's all-day Christmas party are from left: (front row) Billie Johnston, Kahoki Mikaere, Liz Davis and manager, Ned Webster. Second row; Cel Mikaere, Kuini Mahia and Ngawai Davis. (Back row): Owner, Norm Ruru, Dougie Petley, Gareth Johnson and Jahmaine Cummings.

Queenstown's Kiwi Haka group gets just one day off a year so its annual Christmas party is one huge long celebration.

The talented performers, aged from 15 to their 50s, put on four 30-minute shows seven nights a week, 364 days a year at Queenstown's Skyline Restaurant taking delighted tourists on a powerful journey of Maori taonga.

The group donned outrageous costumes to enjoy a fun day off yesterday, which began with breakfast at Brazz Restaurant, a Skyline Luge ride and Ledge bungy jump, followed by lunch at Thai Siam and an Amazing Race team building event around Queenstown.

Pictured before an impromptu performance in Queenstown's Village Green yesterday during the group's all-day Christmas party are from left: (front row) Billie Johnston, Kahoki Mikaere, Liz Davis and manager, Ned Webster. Second row; Cel Mikaere, Kuini Mahia and Ngawai Davis. (Back row): Owner, Norm Ruru, Dougie Petley, Gareth Johnson and Jahmaine Cummings.
Pictured before an impromptu performance in Queenstown's Village Green yesterday during the group's all-day Christmas party are from left: (front row) Billie Johnston, Kahoki Mikaere, Liz Davis and manager, Ned Webster. Second row; Cel Mikaere, Kuini Mahia and Ngawai Davis. (Back row): Owner, Norm Ruru, Dougie Petley, Gareth Johnson and Jahmaine Cummings.

Even on their day off Kiwi Haka members, dressed in colourful attire, attracted a large crowd of enthralled tourists and onlookers when they sprung into song on Queenstown's Village Green.

The day ended with Christmas dinner at Skyline Restaurant.

The Southland Times