A taste of Poly­ne­sia at fundraiser

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The school hos­teed the Lon­don Maori Club’s an­nual fundrais­ing event and au­di­ence en­joyed per­for­mances by Beats of Poly­ne­sia – per­form­ing dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, the Cook Is­lands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji - Mara­mara To­tara, who gave a dis­play of Maori mar­tial arts, the chil­dren of Ko­hanga who sang and danced and the Lon­don Maori Club who rounded off the event with a pro­gramme in­clud­ing the fa­mous Ka Mate Haka, made fa­mous thanks to the All Black rugby team.

A hangi - pit bar­beque - a com­pris­ing of a feast of chicken, pork and veg­eta­bles was served along with other New Zealand del­i­ca­cies, and sales of lam­ing­tons and AN­ZAC bis­cuits were said to be brisk.

Joy Fenikowski of Ko­hanga said: “From the bot­tom of my heart thank you so much to the Head­mas­ter for al­low­ing use of Thorpe House fa­cil­i­ties for the day.

“We could not have done it with­out your sup­port.”

Money raised dur­ing the event went to the chil­dren’s sec­tion of the Lon­don Maori Club, Te Ko­hanga Reo O Ranana, which teaches the Maori lan­guage and cul­ture to chil­dren and gives a taste of home to ex­pat Ki­wis. The group meets in New Zealand House, Lon­don, on the third Satur­day of each month.

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