Haka for Life a success

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato Show Your Sup­port – the com­mu­nity sui­cide preven­tion group – gath­ered in Toko­roa and Pu­taruru to join the na­tion­wide Haka for Life, to put the spot­light on sui­cide preven­tion.

Over a thou­sand peo­ple through­out New Zealand gath­ered on Wai­tangi Day at 12.30pm to per­form Ka Mate from In­ver­cargill to Wai­tangi.

Although the na­tion­wide haka fell shy of get­ting the 3264 peo­ple re­quired to break the world record, South Waikato did ex­tremely well with close to 150 peo­ple at­tend­ing around the district.

South Waikato SYS mem­ber Lindie Smith was as­tounded by the turnout.

‘‘I was thrilled by the sup­port shown from the South Waikato com­mu­nity, our group would like to thank ev­ery­one that turned up in Pu­taruru and Toko­roa as well as the Su­per Maori Ful­las.’’

PU­TARURU: This fierce group gave view­ers a spine tin­gling per­for­mance. Photo: Claire Birks

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