Kapahaka comes to Arena Manawatu
Arena Manawatu and the organisers of the National Primary and Intermediate Kapahaka Festival have been working collaboratively to provide tamariki/rangatahi with the opportunity to celebrate their talents, skills, and experiences in Traditional Maori Performing Arts from a competitive perspective.
The success of this event is reliant on the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that all aspects of the competition run according to plan.
Event manager Denise Marshall says Arena Manawatu is an ideal venue because it can cater for large gatherings such as this event.
Together with the Events Committee, Denise has managed the competing teams and worked alongside the council, Iwi and National Committee, to secure funding and sponsorship for the festival. This enhances the cultural aspirations for Maori and non-Maori to participate in a national event that will help the local economy and build healthy relationships with national and local organisations.
With Te Mana Kuratahi playing an integral role in the succession of the art form, it’s important that relationships are built in solidarity.
The four-day competition, starting November 2, consists of performances from 47 competing teams that are ranked the best in the country.
Each group will perform items before a 24-member judging panel. The segments are, choral – waiata tira (optional), entry item – whakaeke, traditional chant – moteatea, action song – waiata a ringa, poi item, haka, exit – whakawatea.
Levin East School is one of four schools representing the Manawatu/Horowhenua Region in the National Primary and Intermediate Kapahaka Festival in Palmerston North.