March 19, 2019
Woodville kapa looks back at origins
A Woodville kapa haka is trying to find old members so it can celebrate its 55th anniversary.
Wharetītī Māori Culture Club was founded 54 years ago by a group including Dick Mudford to support the many Māori who moved to the Tararua town to work on the railway,
It was revived two years ago by his son Joel Mudford.
He says it was one of the first such groups in the area and was in hot demand for performances across the central North Island, giving the children the opportunity to visit their ancestral marae.
The original whānau are now scattered across Australasia, and the Mudfords want to gather them together for a reunion at Te Ahu a Tūranga Marae in June.
Dick Mudford says the group drove the building of the marae 25 years ago as a cultural home for the entire community, and then fell dormant as members became more involved in the marae committee.
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