Porirua kapa haka im­presses

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Te Kura Maori o Porirua gave a strong per­for­mance at Te Whanganui- a- Tara sec­ondary schools kapa haka com­pe­ti­tion at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Fri­day.

More than 1300 vis­i­tors turned out for the event, in­clud­ing dozens of Te Kura Maori o Porirua sup­port­ers, who re­sponded to the group’s per­for­mance with their own spon­ta­neous chant.

Eight kapa haka groups from schools around the Welling­ton re­gion took part.

Groups were given about 30 min­utes to per­form a range of kapa haka items and waita, many in tra­di­tional dress.

The event was hosted by Kuzy Matt Wil­liams, Tere Har­ri­son and Te Ha­mua Nikora.

Man power: Te Waimatao Ropata, left, Ta­mati Kahukiwa-O’Ha­gan and Tu­paea Hekenui fol­low be­hind Jessica-Maraea Mako-An­der­sen of Te Kura Maori o Porirua.

Pho­tos: TALIA CARLISLE

Strong start: Kai­tataki wahine (fe­male leader) Jessica-Maraea MakoAn­der­sen leads Te Kura Maori o Porirua on to the stage.

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