Kapa haka group keen to com­pete

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Wai­heke High School’s Piringakau Kapa Haka is rais­ing money to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions in Auck­land for the first time.

Two events this week will help get uni­forms for about 35 young peo­ple and cover the costs of en­ter­ing Te Ahurea Tino Ran­gati­ratanga on Oc­to­ber 28.

Te Ahurea is a com­pe­ti­tion for Auck­land se­condary schools and will be a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the team, said Ma¯ori per­form­ing arts teacher Te Ao Ma¯rama Hau.

‘‘For over a decade, Wai­heke High School has not been in any kapa haka fes­ti­vals, so it’s pretty over­due for our school to make its mark on this com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Hau said.

Tonight, Piringakau will per­form at the school’s hos­pi­tal­ity din­ner at Thomas’ Bach. The din­ner has an Aotearoa theme and tick­ets are $75.

The Dis­ney movie, Moana, in te reo Ma¯ori will screen for free at Wai­heke Cin­ema on Septem­ber 16 at 2pm to cel­e­brate Ma¯ori Lan­guage Week. A screen­ing of Moana in te reo on Septem­ber 17 at 11am will raise money for the kapa haka group to com­pete. Tick­ets are $20 and in­clude re­fresh­ments.

Wai­heke Ma¯ori artists have do­nated about 12 art­works for prizes in a raf­fle that will also raise money for the kapa haka group.

For all tick­ets, phone 371 9000.

Wai­heke High School’s Piringakau Kapa Haka is rais­ing money to per­form in Auck­land. PHILLIPA KARN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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