Pōwhiri for China’s Top Live Streamer – Viya

Date of Event: August 30, 2019

Pōwhiri for China's Top Live Streamer - Viya - 薇娅
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The Haka Experience was privileged to welcome Viya to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Viya, a live-streamer on internet giant Alibaba’s online shopping website Taobao, holds a record of selling $66 million worth of products in a single day. On 16th August 2019 she generated close to $30 million in sales of New Zealand product in 4 1/2 hours.

On the same day, The Haka Experience had the privilege to welcome her to our beautiful country and to give her an opportunity to experience our unique Māori culture. We performed a traditional Māori welcoming (pōwhiri) that included a wero (challenge) and entertained her with a couple of our favourite songs including the poi (poi dance) and haka (war dance).

Viya (left) during a welcoming ceremony held at the Sofitel Hotel in Auckland on Friday. Photo / Allan Xia (NZ Herald)


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Viya blown away by her Māori Cultural Experience.

Viya was impressed with the Maori cultural experience so much so that she invited us back later the following evening for the entertainment segment on her live-stream from Auckland, which had close 10 million Chinese consumers, watching who collectively spent CNY 134 million ($29.6m NZD).

After we performed a haka, we watched her as she facilitated the sale of tens of millions of products from more than 40 New Zealand and Australian brands to her millions of fans.

We were honoured to be a part of Viya’s experience in New Zealand and we wish her all the best.