• Billie Eilsh with Hātea Kapa Haka (Facebook/ umusic NZ)Source: Facebook/ umusic NZ
Indie Pop star Billie Eilish is welcomed to New Zealand by a traditional ceremony and performance of her own song in Te Reo Māori.
By
Grayson McCarthy-Grogan

25 Apr 2019 - 2:21 PM  UPDATED 25 Apr 2019 - 2:38 PM

To kick off the second leg of her 'When We All Fall Asleep' world tour, US musician Billie Eilish headed to Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Upon arrival to Auckland International Airport, Eilish was greeted by Hātea Kapa Haka, a cultural group known for their choral harmonies, who gave her a traditional welcoming ceremony known as a Pōwhiri.

After the formal welcome, the group performed a rendition of Eilish's biggest hit to date, When The Party's Over in Te Reo Māori. In awe, the 17-year-old was near tears at the realisation of what song they were singing. 

Eilish has slowly made her rise to fame over the past three years through releasing singles and an EP, and finally releasing her anticipated debut album this year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (The album which host's When The Party's Over.)

Eilish has performed at big gigs around the US, including her most recent festival headline at Coachella in California.

Her current world tour and the Groovin' The Moo headline will see her in Australia in numerous towns and cities including, Adelaide, Maitland, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Bendigo, Townsville, Brisbane, Freemantle and Bunbury.

The Hātea Kapa Haka group is a Māori Cultural Group based in Northland, New Zealand. They offer services such as cultural performances, cultural welcomes, Haka workshops, ceremonies as well as host local, national and international events 

This is not the first time the group have covered international pop hits, late last year, they performed Bohemian Rhapsody in Te Reo, generating tens of thousands of views online.