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Chanters will be critiqued in the following areas:

MELE (Chant):
Appropriateness of poetic text for competition
Mastery of poetic text (words)

LEO (Voice):
Chant style complements mele
Mastery of style
Enunciation appropriate to chant style
Voice quality
Tempo (pace of chanting)
Phrasing and rhythm
Expression

KINO (Body):
Bodily movements
Appearance (Chanter’s grooming, attire, and adornments must be traditional and culturally appropriate and should reflect the time period referred to in oli).

TIME REQUIREMENTS:
Presentation must last a minimum of one (1) minute. The entire performance, including the entrance and the exit from the performance area may not exceed a total of eight (8) minutes. Timing will start when any of the following occurs:

  • Chanter or group member steps into the performance area.
  • Chanting or music begins.
  • Kāhea is called.
  • Any spoken word, i.e., narration, announcement, dedication, etc. Timing will end when he inoa is called or when Chanter exits performance area.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE:
Total overall impression of presentation, visual that was seen, words that were heard, mana that was felt.

DEDUCTION OF POINTS:
Points may be deducted for the following:

  • Failing to provide oli translation as required
  • Going under 1 minute or over 8 minutes.