Tutor proud of shield-winning group

BY JARED SMITH
Last updated 05:00 23/03/2010
The Waitara High School kapa haka group with the Te Kupenga Shield
ROBERT CHARLES/Taranaki Daily News

OUR SHIELD: The Waitara High School kapa haka group with the Te Kupenga Shield it won at the Mana Ariki Nationals on Saturday.

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It takes at least four of them to lift it, but the Te Kupenga Shield is no burden for Waitara High School's kapa haka group.

The troupe of 18 girls and 20 boys won the prestigious shield by taking out the intermediate section at the Mana Ariki Nationals, held in Taumarunui on Saturday.

Tutor Tony Pue said the group had to perform an entrance, choral piece, traditional chant, action song, a haka, a poi performance, then an exit.

Having practised the routines for this show the weekend before, and with their confidence getting stronger, Waitara beat out several of the top kapa haka schools in the country to claim the shield.

"This competition is lead-up to the big secondary school competition in July," Mr Pue said.

"I'm very proud, they've come a long way."

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