Sisters make moves to brighten festival
Dressed up in their bright coloured leis, bells and hula skirts – the Tafuna sisters are ready to dance.
Leti, 15, and Gabriella, 9, will be performing a traditional Tongan hula dance at the Mid Winter Christmas Festival in Matamata this weekend.
The festival put together by the Pohlen Hospital and Child Cancer Charity will be held from Thursday July 7 to Saturday July 9 at the Matamata Bible Church.
Performances, entertainment, coffee and crafts will all be a part of the festival. Leti, who attends Matamata College and Gabriella who attends Matamata Primary School, moved to Matamata from Dunedin with their family only last year but are already making their mark in the town.
‘‘We like doing dance to express our- selves. Letting the audience know what we do and sharing a bit of our culture,’’ Leti said. ‘‘The hula, which involves traditional Tongan and Samoan moves, is a relatively fast island dance.’’
They have performed at a number of events including the Union Parish Church services and Leti won Matamata College’s annual talent quest for her performance earlier this year.
Not only do the sisters dance, they sing, play musical instruments and are involved in sport teams. Gabriella plays netball for the Matamata Green team and Leti plays senior girls’ basketball.
Leti said they both love to perform and will be dancing on Thursday night at 7pm.
Gabriella is also performing at the Mid Winter Christmas Festival on Thursday as part of the Matamata Primary school band, Kids for Kids and kapahaka group.
Leti and Gabriella Tafuna will be performing the hula at the Mid Winter Christmas Festival this weekend.