Powerful performances during Hauraki festival
Wet weather didn’t dampen spirits at this year’s Hauraki Cultural Festival at Ngahutoitoi Marae in Paeroa.
Spokesperson Caroline Karu said there were 14 Kohanga Reo and primary performances on October 27, followed by another 14 performances by senior and adult kapa haka groups on October 28.
The festival was one of the oldest Kapa Haka events in New Zealand, with three generations participating, she said.
Groups travelled from around the Hauraki district for the festival, as well as Morrinsville, Hamilton and Taupo.
The overall intermediate winners in the Hauraki section were Te Wharekura o Manaia, with Thames High School coming second place.
In the open section, Te Wharekura o Te Kaokaoroa o Pa¯tetere came first and Te Wharekura o Manaia, second.
The overall senior winners were Te Tira Haka o Ngahutoitoi, and in second place were Te Tira Haka o Waihi.
The overall junior winners in the Hauraki section were Te Wharekura o Manaia, first, and poutere School, second. In the open section, Te Wharekura o Manaia was first and To¯ku Ma¯pihi Maurea was second.
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Toku Mapihi Maurea, from Hamilton, had some great formations during their performance.