Hawera brings kapahaka to life

'encouraging our rangatahi to stand tall'

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 11:16 30/08/2014
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CULTURE CLUB: Marfell Community School students perform at the Te Huihuinga o Nga Tatarakihi o Taranaki festival held at Hawera’s TSB Hub yesterday.

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A chance to see Taranaki school children shine on the kapahaka stage was on offer for a big crowd who attended a cultural festival held in Hawera yesterday.

Known as Te Huihuinga o Nga Tatarakihi o Taranaki, the event attracted competitors from 22 schools throughout the region.

While seven schools competed against one another to be chosen to represent the Aotea region of Taranaki at next year's national primary school kapahaka champs in Palmerston North, the other students were just as interested in putting on a powerful show for the 1000 or so people in the audience.

Performances were assessed by judges and scores out of 50 were given for elements like haka, poi and use of te reo. One of the organisers Kaareen Hotereni, said the festival, which has been held in Taranaki for over 20 years, gave the children involved a "chance to shine" on stage. "It's all about encouraging our rangatahi to stand tall," she said.

RESULTS

Te Parekereke o Te Pi'ipi'inga Kakano Mai I Rangiatea (New Plymouth) 1, Te Ra o Te Uru (Ngati Ruanui & Ngaruahine) 2, Te Kura Takawaenga o Manukorihi (Waitara) 3. 

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