Documenting the highs and lows of Kapa Haka drama, The Ring Inz is a modern-day Māori comedy for the kids raised on the marae. Filmed in the style of a mockumentary, the show follows the journey of a rookie kapa team gearing up for their national competition campaign.
As a haka kid who barely made it to the stage this series really calls me out. From failing double hand poi to trying to avoid wharepaku duty, the authenticity was felt throughout. Characters also shared my struggles in hitting the high note of the waiata-ā-ringa and remembering lines.
However, for a show about kapa haka they failed to cast some actual kaihaka or performers. So while the kapa haka may be teetz (check page 37), the humor, drama and even te reo make up for it. Filled with hilarious one liners in both English and Te Reo Māori it’s best watched on Māori television as the subtitling is some of the most natural, snappy translations I’ve seen in recent years.
The series feels like attending a hui at a marae you’ve never been to before. Filled with haka politics, grumpy aunties and a questionable sneaky link in the mattress room, it feels like a wild weekend away at noho. A must watch for haka fanatics and supporters.