Kids jam for Kiwi Can
From hula hoop to hip-hop to haka - crowds from across south Auckland were treated to a dance spectacular at the annual Kiwi Can Jam.
On Thursday about 200 children from nine schools across Mangere, Manurewa and Papatoetoe, where the Foundation for Youth Development's primary school programme Kiwi Can is run, competed in a stage show challenge.
Papatoetoe west Primary School won the event and was presented with the very first Kiwi Can Jam trophy.
"Papatoetoe West's performance was truly amazing, it involved over 25 students and included a powerful introduction, a full group rendition of the national anthem and incredible Maori, Samoan, Tongan and Indian dancers. A wonderful reflection of their community," says Kate Hurst, organiser and Auckland Kiwi Can manager.
Hurt says the Kiwi Can Jam, now in its fourth year, is all about celebration.
"The Kiwi Can Jam is about celebrating the amazing things about south Auckland and encouraging the kids to have the confidence in themselves to get up on stage and perform. Our Kiwi Can Leaders have been working with the classes on their acts for months and have really seen the kids blossom and shine," Hurst said..
"I'm blown away by their talent and so proud of them all, it's not easy to get up there in front of hundreds of people and these children have truly shown us how it's done. Ka pai!"
World champion hip-hop dancers, Prestige and local talent Dee-licious also performed at the event.
Kiwi Can, a life skills and values programme, is currently run in more than 70 schools across the country reaching over 17 000 children annually.
Auckland Kiwi Can delivers to over 6000 of these children in south Auckland, each year.