Kapa haka on show

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The All Blacks have taken the haka global with their tra­di­tion of per­form­ing Ka Mate be­fore matches, but Auck­lan­ders are go­ing to have the op­por­tu­nity to see some more mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tions of kapa haka this week­end.

The Kapa Haka Su­per 12s will see 12 kapa haka teams com­pet­ing at The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf to­mor­row.

Each team will per­form for 12 min­utes to com­pete for a share of $12,000 worth of prizes.

The free event is part of the Matariki Fes­ti­val and was pointed out as a high­light of last year’s fes­ti­val by mayor Len Brown.

‘‘It’s re­fresh­ing to see our young tal­ent show off their skills and give their spin on an an­cient Maori art form,’’ he says.

Hana Aranga and her Hills­bor­ough-based team Tu Whi­tia took part in the 2012 event.

‘‘It was awe­some,’’ she says. ‘‘ We came sec­ond last year so we are look- ing to try and im­prove on that this year.’’

Ms Aranga says the com­pe­ti­tion is fierce but the team have de­vel­oped a rou­tine that is sure to im­press.

‘‘Let’s just say that we are us­ing a lot of hu­mour this year and tak­ing a light-hearted look at some is­sues.’’

She says one of the main rea­sons they en­ter and sup­port the com­pe­ti­tion is for the pro­mo­tion of Maori lan­guage.

‘‘It should be pro­moted ev­ery week, not just one week a year,’’ she says.

Go to cen­tral­leader. co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to watch some of last year’s ac­tion.

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