Porirua school triumphs at kapa haka competition
TE RAUPARAHA Arena erupted into a crowd Kamate haka when Te Kura Maori o Porirua was named winner of the Wellington schools kapa haka champs.
Friday’s win at the Porirua events centre was a result of preparation, said female lead Jessica-Maraea Mako-Andersen (below right).
“All the hard work we put into this, all the late nights have paid off,” she said.
The Porirua Maori immersion school will now go to the national schools champs in July next year.
“We have a lot more to do next year,” he said.
Each of the 13 judges marked an aspect of the performance, including haka and poi, and they indicated early that it would not take long to reach a decision.
Otaki Te Rahui Kura – which is made up from three Otaki colleges – took second place and also qualified for the national competition.
The three colleges are Otaki College, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano and o Te Rito.
Organiser Jojo Rangihaeata, a teacher from Tawa College who has spent months putting the event together, says it was a well deserved win.
“The competition is something positive for our kids to be part of.
“It fosters our language and culture and keeps our kids from roaming the streets.”
TV presenter Te Hamua Nikora, who was a guest at the event, said he was impressed by the level of skill all of the students showed in their performances.
“I did have a top three in my mind but it’s too flippin’ hard,” he said.
Seven colleges took part in the event which was organised by the regional Maori Teachers Association, along with 30 volunteers on the day.
New taonga (prizes) were awarded to the team who one each category.
The National High School Kapa Haka competition will be held in Gisborne on July 28, 2014.