Kapa Haka Minifest unites Stoke pupils

Pupils from around Stoke have celebrated their unity in a combined kapa haka festival.

Broadgreen Intermediate School hosted the area's first Kapa Haka Minifest last night, featuring 90 minutes of kapa haka performances, kai, and fellowship.

Principal Derek Lucic said the evening had exceeded his expectations, with a positive vibe and a strong turnout.

As a cluster of schools, the principals had realised that each had similar goals for their whanau and community, and so they decided to throw a combined event.

"Our demographics were so close that it didn't make any sense that we were piloting our own waka," Mr Lucic said.

"We recognised it as a bit of strength in unity."

Although the schools came together in sporting competitions, this was the first time they had combined for such an event, and the evening had worked well, he said.

"As soon as you walked into the hall there was a real energy, not just from the kids but from the parents as well."

Just as important as the kapa haka performances was the sharing of kai afterwards, he said.

The evening was particularly important for his school, as its community was very much its contributing primary schools, he said.

The event included performances from students from Broadgreen Intermediate, Nayland Primary School, Birchwood School, Stoke School, Nelson Christian Academy, Enner Glynn School and Tahunanui School.

The Nelson Mail