Schools show­case kapa haka

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

On Novem­ber 3 Huia Range School and Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ ori O Ta­maki a Nui en­ter­tained a full Dan­nevirke Town Hall for an hour of kapa haka.

Each school was putting on its fi­nal per­for­mance be­fore com­pet­ing in the Manawatu¯ Re­gional Cham­pi­onships on Novem­ber 9.

Both per­for­mances were mem­o­rable as the school rou­tines com­pleted each of the com­po­nents of the kapa haka com­pe­ti­tion.

In cos­tume, the schools per­formed with pas­sion and pre­ci­sion, the re­sults of many hours of prac­tice.

It was Huia Range’s first at­tempt to qual­ify for the Pri­mary Schools Kapa Haka Fi­nals and the Novem­ber 3 con­cert showed they were ready for the chal­lenge. In the re­gion­als they placed fifth qual­i­fy­ing them to go to the na­tion­als in 2019 at Hamil­ton.

Prin­ci­pal Robyn Forsyth says whether her group goes to na­tion­als is un­cer­tain as most of the group’s se­niors will be at high school by then, and the cost is large, but qual­i­fy­ing is a huge achieve­ment in it­self.

Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ ori o Ta­maki Nui a Rua has been to the re­gion­als be­fore but for many of this group it was a new ex­pe­ri­ence.

Their per­for­mance in Manawatu¯ earned them sixth place, also qual­i­fy­ing them for na­tion­als.

Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ ori haka.

Huia Range presents its action song.

Huia Range haka.

Huia Range about to per­form at the con­cert Novem­ber 3.

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