July 26, 2016
Strength and beauty on display at schools kapa haka
The secondary schools kapa haka competition opened in Heretaunga today, bringing together teams from 39 schools from Muriwhenua to Murihiku.
They're divided into three pools for the four-day competition at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale
Te Haaro o Te Kaahu organising committee spokesperson Rongopai Kira says that will involve 1500 performers and twice that number of supporters and spectators.
"This is the strength and the beauty of our Maori rangataha throughout the many schools, whether they are kura kaupapa Maori, kura Maori as well as their mainstream counterparts, and it's an exhibition of their strength and gracefulness in bringing back all the things they have learned from their tupuna, so it is a celebration for a lot of us as Maori kaiako," Mr Kira says.
He says hosts Kahungunu decided it wasn't right to charge people to see their children perform online, so the competition is being streamed live through a link on the Radio Kahungunu website, as well as through Maori Television.
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