Ka­pa­haka comes to Arena Manawatu

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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.

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