Kapa Haka in Te Tai Tokerau

On Tuesday our Kapa Haka group travelled to Moerewa School to participate in the local kapa haka festival.  We spent the night atTe Tii Marae in Waitangi where our students were privileged to listen to local kaumatua and whānau from the marae and Waitangi, tell them stories and explain the history of this important place. On Wednesday the community turned out in force to watch their children and to enjoy and support all the groups.

Moerewa’s senior Years 11 to 13 students are on the roll of Kia Aroha College and five of their students had joined our group at the ASB Polyfest 2012.  They had made a huge commitment to travel down to Otara each week to practise and this trip north was our way of saying thanks, and enabling their community to see their children perform as part of our group. It was a great trip and these photos featured in the local Northern Advocate.