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For the first time ever South Waikato iwi Raukawa has a group of pri­mary school chil­dren set to com­pete in the na­tional kapa haka com­pe­ti­tion Te Mana Ku­ratahi.

Pu­taruru’s Te Kura o Te Kaokaoroa o Patetere placed fourth dur­ing the Tainui Waka Kapa Haka Pri­mary and In­ter­me­di­ate School Re­gion­als held at Claude­lands Events Cen­tre in Hamil­ton.

The top six schools in the com­pe­ti­tion will now pre­pare to com­pete in Te Tairawhiti (Gis­borne) in 2017.

Year six teacher and head kapa haka tu­tor Pourahi Rangikataua said he was im­mensely proud of the stu­dents for mak­ing the cut.

‘‘We have been go­ing to the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion for 10 years now so we are all re­lieved. It has been years of hard work.’’

Rangikataua put the plac­ing down to the ded­i­ca­tion of those who helped out.

Hav­ing new staff who had per­formed at na­tional level in adult groups also helped.

Rangikataua said com­pet­ing in Te Tairawhiti held spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for the kura.

‘‘We have a big con­nec­tion to that tribe. Our tribe and an­ces­tor here is Raukawa and his mother is Mahi­naarangi who comes from the East Coast so we feel re­ally hon­oured and will be telling the kids that they will be go­ing back to their mother an­ces­tor, ‘‘he said.

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