Postgate School kids set to dazzle

BY KAROLINE TUCKEY
Last updated 10:13 01/11/2011
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Karoline Tuckey

CULTURAL MIX: Jared Hunter, left, and Jerry Lambert, right, show off their pukana fierce faces while Maia Cherrington and Isobel Lemana practise their kapa haka actions. The four will be taking part in the Postgate School cultural show tomorrow.

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More than 200 children from Postgate School are getting ready to put on a spectacular show tomorrow.

The Whitby school's annual cultural performances have been getting bigger and better, kapa haka tutor Te Rehia Matthews says.

"Last year it was spectacular. They love it; they join the groups by choice, and as we have progressed over the last few years, it's got bigger and bigger."

There will be performanes from the kapa haka group, the school choir and band, the dance splash band and the polyfunk group, which combines Pacific Island and Maori performance traditions.

With most groups performing about six or seven pieces, the programme includes modern and traditional songs and dances, poi and action songs, haka, a rakau or Maori stick game performance, and a Samoan sasa dance.

The haka have been especially vibrant this year, fellow tutor Liz Cherrington says.

"They get really into it. The boys just want to practise that sometimes."

The junior boys will perform the traditional Ngati Toa haka Ka Mate, and the senior boys have learned a haka from East Coast iwi Ngati Kahungunu called Tika Tonu.

"You can see the mana when they've finished," Ms Matthews says. You can see that they are proud."

Ms Cherrington agrees. "The show is to showcase all the groups and what they have learned throughout the year - they are all awesome.

"It's about celebrating the cultures in our school," she says.

The Postgate School cultural show is on Wednesday, at 12.30pm and 7pm, at Hosanna Fellowship in Cannons Creek.

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