Kids’ kapa haka skill
Around 650 school children, from Year 0-8 gathered at Pettigrew Green Arena last week for the annual Taradale Combined Schools 2018 Kapahaka Festival.
The festival has been running for around 25 years, supported by the school communities including nans, koros, aunties and uncles — some who are previous performers.
This year the festival was hosted by Arthur Miller School and involved Bledisloe, Greenmeadows, Taradale Primary and Intermediate, Reignier, Patoka and Puketapu. The venue was changed as the event had outgrown the hall at Taradale Intermediate School, where it has been held traditionally and no longer had room for all wha¯ nau to attend.
This festival gives all those involved the opportunity to embrace and celebrate their bicultural heritage. There are no cups or prizes. Most schools practice their items for months leading up to the big night. Some even have independent tutors assist them, working alongside staff. Schools provide costumes for those participating.
“Our tamariki are both enthusiastic and committed, and put hours and hours into the event,” says Jo Hayes from Arthur Miller School. Each school involved perform their own items, and all schools combine to perform a selection of others.
Puketapu School participates in the annual Taradale Combined Schools 2018 Kapahaka Festival.
Arthur Miller School.