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February 28, 2010

Paua (Haliotis spp) – edible univalve mollusks of rocky shores that have flattened, ear-shaped shells with a row of small holes for breathing. They have a strong grip on rocks but move about at night grazing on seaweed. It is an important traditional food source for New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people and it is now considered a scarce delicacy throughout New Zealand and the world.

New Zealand based Soul Paua are currently in Vancouver playing at events running alongside the XXI Winter Olympic Games. This Music Award nominated group was founded in 2001 and its compositions are strongly influenced by Maori and Polynesian culture. In fact, the band sings a contemporary mix of English and Maori language. Soul Paua is also well known for performing some of the best contemporary Polynesian music. read more »

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