Kids’ kapa haka skill

Napier Courier - - News -

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.

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