Watch: Auckland Girls Grammar and Auckland orchestra team up for angelic performance of Kiwi classic Poi E

A rendition of the classic tune Poi E was performed by Auckland Girls Grammar's kapa haka 'kahurangi' and the Auckland Philharmonica Orchestra in a special presentation to the families of the creators of the song.

The performance was in honour of the memory of late writer Ngoi Pewhairangi and music composer Dalvanius Prime.

Dalvanuis' brother Nephi Prime said it was “beautiful.”

"As they sang, we felt the spirit of the song and it was very emotional. However we are really happy. We've seen the performance and pay tribute to them."

Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra chief executive Barbara Glaser said the South Auckland community and Maori culture is very important to the orchestra.

“We're really delighted to be able to perform this iconic piece," she told TVNZ 1's Te Karere. 

"It's the first time it's been arranged for full orchestra. We're thrilled and very honoured to be part of the performance,” she said.

Poi E shot to number one on the New Zealand song chart in 1984. The lyrics were written by Ngoi Pewhairangi, with music by Dalvanius Prime, and was performed by the Patea Maori Club.

"Although they're not here physically, there's no doubt they're with us in a spirit of happiness and joy, both Dalvanius and Ngoi," said Mr Prime.

"They're both here supporting this song."

"They cultural mix of an orchestra with this very special culture has been the biggest reward, it's been absolutely fantastic and we've had a wonderful response," said Ms Glaser.

The Auckland Philharmonica Orchestra said they plan to engage with other communities across Auckland in cultural collaborations of other popular Maori songs.

Known as NZ's unofficial anthem, the song was recently performed jointly in honour of the memory of its legendary composers. Source: Te Karere

Advocates stress the importance of handling food for those who are gluten free or intolerant properly

Some people may choose going gluten free as a lifestyle, but one in 70 Kiwis are actually allergic to it. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries is reminding food businesses to be more vigilant with gluten labeling after it was found many products with buckwheat flour were contaminated. 

The contamination prompted a recall but has left sufferers wondering how common the mistake is. 

However, President for Coeliac New Zealand Catherine Murray said it was very uncommon for products to have traces of gluten in manufactured products.

She said it can be "quite risky" for products, such as bread, to be too close to each other in a bakery. 

"The level of risk comes from the level of how much gluten you want to eat."

She said gluten free diets have become a bit of "a fad" and people see that so the market for available food increases.

But for the one in 70 who have coeliac disease, any trace of gluten is going to affect their health now and also significantly in the long term.

Ms Murray said to take extra care when serving food for people with the disease, as unclean baking tins or using a bread board to cut fruit can cause harmful effects. 

Even cutting fruit on a bread board could cause long term damage to those affected by gluten. Source: Breakfast


Search efforts resume for missing Canterbury woman Emma Beattie

The search for missing Rangiora 20-year-old Emma Beattie has resumed this morning.

The search and rescue team worked until 8pm yesterday.

A police spokesperson said helicopter and ground crews are being utilised again today in a defined area.

"The team is still committed in bringing Emma home," she said.

Ms Beattie was last seen on Friday night at her home in Fernside around 11pm just outside the town of Rangiora, 30km north of Christchurch. 

She has not been in contact with friends or family since.

Emma has long blonde hair, is about 5'7" and is believed to be wearing orange and black Nike shoes.

She may also be carrying a small brown backpack with cream-coloured rope straps and may have had some Beats headphones with her.

The terrain being searched is very difficult to traverse, with widespread gorse and blackberry across the river bed.

Emma Beattie, 20, was last seen on Friday night with the search now narrowed to the Ashley River area. Source: 1 NEWS