February 12, 2013
Kapahaka rōpū returns to homeland
A hundred members of Sydney kapa haka Te Raranga Whanui are getting ready for the trip back to Rotorua to compete in Te Matatini.
Tutor Laurie Sarich says it was a great buzz for the young rōpū to qualify, and it will be the first time in Aotearoa for many of the members.
“Very few of the members were actually raised at home. Those that were born at home, their parents moved here 25 to 30 years ago. The generation now want to feel connected to that so their trying to find that identity through kapahaka. Young and old age can able to do that”. says Laurie Sarich from Te Raranga Whanui.
Te Matatini starts at Rotorua International Stadium on March 20.
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