10 Sep Kōanga Festival 2019
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August 30th saw the celebration of the annual Kōanga Festival at which schools throughout East Auckland get together to celebrate Kapa Haka. Started by Whaea Taini Drummond well over 25 years ago, it has become a highlight in the East Auckland Māori Calendar.
It has been a number of years since Pakuranga College has participated, and this was our triumphant return. We had a quick turnaround from Culture Night, but this wasn’t too difficult as a lot of the ground work had been done. Our school performed after the well-established Edgewater College. However, this didn’t stop Te Tai o Pakuranga from bringing the house down! There was a stirring Haka tautoko (supporting haka) from the audience. Which showed the importance of the what had just occurred.
We have moved from strength to strength in Kapa Haka over the years. This has been one of our goals: to return to the Kōanga Festival, but only when the time was right. Staff enthused about the performance, including Deputy Principal Alison Taylor: “A spine tingling performance and fantastic to see the confidence and growth of the group.” Mr Billy Merchant, another Deputy Principal said, “Totally awesome! I was so proud to see our students representing our college and their Māoritanga with such passion. A magical moment for all those involved.” Miss Sarah Williamson from the Pegasus Unit also commented, “The Kapa Haka group represented the school fantastically and it was great to see the inclusion with our Pegasus Unit students performing.” Miss Olivia Sanders said, “So proud of our rōpū and how they represented themselves and the school. Amazing to see them all come together and perform how they did. The passion and commitment to our culture is beautiful.”
We would like to say a massive thank you to Mauri Hohepa-Watene our Kapa Haka tutor.
Mei kore ake koe hei tohutohu i mātou, kāore e kore, kāore mātou i tae atu ki te tihi o taua maunga nui.
by Shanna Rope, Kaiko Māori/Kapa Haka