Schools showcase kapa haka
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.