The next two Saturdays are kapa haka competition time in Otautahi.
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Kapa Haka group, Glendale School, Wainuiomata – Photograph taken by Ross Giblin. Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1995/0752/14A-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23072394
Kapahaka group performances are a wonderful way to achieve so many things. Watching Central New Brighton School’s kapahaka performance yesterday at New Brighton Library, I was reminded of how important it is for children to perform in a supportive environment.
The kaiako – teachers – brought out the best of the group of over 5o children and the tauira – students – had a great time performing to the maximum of their abilities. There were newbies and oldies but the way everyone performed together was encouraging to see and a pleasure to hear. They always bring out those goosebumps!
The Waitaha Primary Schools Kapa Haka Competitions 2009 was held Saturday 31st October at the Aurora Centre, Burnside High School, Christchurch. It was an action packed day full of primary and intermediate school-aged children, singing and performing their hearts out!
Eight schools competed; six in the competitive section and two in the entertainment section. Top honours were taken out by Te Kura Whakapūmau i te Reo Tūturu ki Waitaha, second place to Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi and third place awarded to Shirley Intermediate School.
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