9 Dec 2023

Whaea Esther Jessop & Ngati Ranana's sellout concert

From Māpuna, 12:40 pm on 9 December 2023

More than sixty years ago, Esther Jessop and a few other Maori in London founded a little group in the suburb of Putney to meet and keep their language going. Since then, Ngati Ranana has become a gathering point for Maori in London, meeting once a week and performing all around Europe. For decades they've put on their annual Kirihimete Concert, this year selling out a hall of more than five hundred people in London's West End. Jamie Tahana was at the performance, and he caught up with Whaea Esther Jessop - who was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2021 for her work with the group.