Kapa haka cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture


What a spec­tac­u­lar con­clu­sion to Maori Lan­guage Week!

The 12th an­nual kapa haka con­test or­gan­ised by Te Wananga o Ta­maki Nui a Rua was the big­gest yet, fea­tur­ing three pre-schools, seven pri­mary schools, two sec­ondary schools and the Wharetiti Kapa Haka Roopu from Woodville in a pro­gramme which started at 10am and con­cluded at 3pm.

Sel­dom has the Dan­nevirke Town Hall been so full with hun­dreds of chil­dren and a large num­ber of adults as teach­ers, sup­port­ers and fam­ily filled ev­ery seat.

It was a cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­thing good about kapa haka — beau­ti­ful cos­tumes, spec­tac­u­lar chore­og­ra­phy, won­der­fully har­mo­nious wa­iata, rhyth­mic poi and fe­ro­cious haka.

Af­ter a karakia by Nanny Noa Ni­chol­son and a wel­come from mayor Tracey Col­lis, com­pere Jade Moses kept the show flow­ing with great en­cour­age­ment, as each school put on a per­for­mance to be proud of. In the end Huia Range Se­niors, who have been prac­tis­ing for the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion for six months, showed the ben­e­fit of all that re­hears­ing, sweep­ing nearly all the pri­mary school awards and shar­ing the Te Reo Tro­phy with their ju­niors.

St Joseph’s won the award for Con­tri­bu­tion to Kapa Haka and Tararua Col­lege re­ceived all the sec­ondary school awards.

Wharetiti Kapa Haka Roopu re­ceived the Com­mu­nity Award from mayor Col­lis.

Awards, while nice to re­ceive, are not the main fo­cus of the fes­ti­val, how­ever. Hav­ing thou­sands of chil­dren con­ver­sant and pro­fi­cient at wa­iata, poi and haka is surely what Maori Lan­guage Week is all about. Each school was proud! Chests were out, chins were up, eyes were flash­ing, boy’s chests were ruddy and the dom­i­nant walk was a strut! Ka Pai!

WHARETITI Kapa Haka Roopu with their com­mu­nity award and those won by Tararua Col­lege.

NORSE­WOOD Pri­mary School sings a wa­iata.

HUIA Range per­form­ers with all their tro­phies.

AP­PLE­TON Pre-school per­form­ing This Old Man.

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