Pa­cific fes­ti­val gears up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Is­land unity will take prece­dence over school colours at this Fri­day’s North­ern Re­gion Poly­ne­sian Fes­ti­val.

Troupes from the Porirua basin col­leges, plus Onslow and New­lands, will wow a ca­pac­ity au­di­ence at Te Rau­paraha Arena with their pas­sion for Pa­cific cul­ture.

For the first time, students from Sa­muel Mars­den Whitby and Te Kura Maori o Porirua will be tak­ing part.

The theme is ‘‘ Voy­ag­ing Pase­fika’’, and in a de­par­ture from pre­vi­ous events, it will be done is­land by is­land, rather than school by school.

Mana Col­lege will host this year’s event.

The 86 stu­dent par­tic­i­pants have been work­ing hard since April, says co-or­gan­iser Hana Tusa.

‘‘This fes­ti­val is an amaz­ing chance to cel­e­brate the iden­tity and cul­ture of Pa­cific peo­ple in Porirua.

‘‘These [Mana Col­lege] guys have been prac­tis­ing twice a week, at night and at the week­ends some­times.

‘‘The com­mit­ment is fan­tas­tic and they are re­ally look­ing for­ward to show­ing what they’ve got.’’

There will be a com­bined Toke­lau group from all col­leges and the Te Kura Maori o Porirua are fresh from kapa haka na­tion­als, so will be in fine form, Ms Tusa says.

Each item will last 10 or 15 min­utes.

Sasa, slap and poi dances, haka, and items tra­di­tional to the dif­fer­ent Pa­cific is­lands will be per­formed.

North­ern Re­gion Poly­ne­sian Fes­ti­val, Au­gust 3, Te Rau­paraha Arena. Tick­ets $10, doors open at 4pm.

Game face: Cree­dence Rameka and Chozen Rameka lead the way as Mana Col­lege students prac­tise their haka last week.

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