Kapa haka goes on show

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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