Kapa haka goes on show
Matamata Primary School’s kapa haka group put on a performance for the children at Rawhiti Kindergarten last week.
Head teacher Gwenda Smith said it was great to see former Rawhiti children coming back to the centre.
‘‘We have a strong music pro- gramme here, and the kapa haka performance strengthens the children’s appreciation for the diversity of music and dance,’’ Ms Smith said.
‘‘I have never seen our children so focused on anything, they just loved every bit of it.’’
Kaumatua Will Murray said the primary school performed at local kindergartens every year to promote kapa haka in Matamata.
It was a good way to get younger children interested in Maori performing arts, he said.
‘‘The kids love doing it and I can see on the little kids’ faces that they love it too.’’
Manaakitanga: The Matamata Primary School kapa haka group perform for the children at Rawhiti Kindergarten.