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Saturday, 25 November 2017 11:05 am

Whitireia performers warm up for cultural tour to Taiwan festival

TAIWAN-BOUND: Whitireia will represent New Zealand at the annual Nan Ying Folk Festival. IMAGE: Matthew Lau

TAIWAN-BOUND: Whitireia will represent New Zealand at the annual Nan Ying Folk Festival. IMAGE: Matthew Lau

THE HAKA Ka Mate Ka Mate reverberated out of Karori West Normal School hall when pupils joined Whitireia Performing Arts degree students in action.

The rendition was part of a visit by the Whitireia students who performed an array of Māori, Samoan and Cook Island pieces on Friday.

The Whitireia crew used the show as build-up to their Wananga to Tainan City in Taiwan next week to showcase cultural performances at the annual Nan Ying Folk Festival.

Around 500 pupils and teachers were kept engaged for the best part of two hours by the Whitireia group.

Using minimal props, the performers were able to fill the stage with their presence, telling a story in each set.

The dramatic facial changes were executed with conviction, the high tempo acts were timely balanced with the more delicate performances.

At each interlude, a different member of the Whitireia crew had the pupils on their feet engaging in an activity.

The highly-responsive pupils were particularly roused when Performing Arts tutor, Kereama Te Ua, gave them the opportunity to perform Ka Mate as a collective.

The haka, commonly associated with the All Blacks, produced deaf-defying sounds in the school hall.

The school’s deputy principal, Janice Jones, says she was impressed at how captivating the high-energy spectacle was.

“We really liked how it pushed the boundaries of kapa haka. It gave our kapa haka teachers inspiration of new ways of presenting material.”

The tables turned after the show, when a group of enchanted children gave the performing arts troop a kapa haka performance of their own, executed after just eight practises.

KA ORA! KA ORA!: The Whitireia performers chill out with the Karori West performers. IMAGE: Matthew Lau

KA ORA! KA ORA!: The Whitireia performers chill out with the Karori West performers. IMAGE: Matthew Lau

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