Matariki fest prom­ises ex­cite­ment

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/ NEWS -

Matariki cel­e­bra­tion plans in the Kapi-Mana area are in full swing.

Thirty- one Tawa and Porirua schools, plus preschools, ko­hanga and Pa­cific lan­guage nests and com­mu­nity groups will burst on to the Te Rau­paraha Arena stage next week in a blaze of colour, song and dance as part of the Kapo Kapo Fes­ti­val, cel­e­brat­ing Matariki.

It will be the sec­ond Kapo Kapo Fes­ti­val held at the arena.

For five nights, from Mon­day till Fri­day (June 23 till 27), the schools will per­form kapa haka and Pasi­fika dance in a se­ries of shows that will in­volve more than 2500 young people from Porirua and Tawa.

On Satur­day, June 28, the Kapo Kapo Matariki Mar­ket will run in­doors at the arena with a fo­cus on Maori and Pasi­fika art, craft, kai and en­ter­tain­ment.

The mar­ket stage will show­case the preschool­ers in the com­mu­nity. It will run from 9am till 4pm. Kapo Kapo has been or­gan­ised again by com­mu­nity group Mana Tiaki.

Project man­ager Karen Hill said Mana Tiaki’s goal was to raise the pro­file of Matariki and pro­vide projects that reached out across all sec­tors of the com­mu­nity to make Matariki rel­e­vant for all.

Though Matariki is a cel­e­bra­tion of the Maori New Year, the fes­ti­val is also very prom­i­nent in the Pa­cific com­mu­nity.

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