Event gets bigger and better

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 16/08/2014
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CULTURE SHOWCASE: Timaru Girls' High School students performing in the senior section of the Flava festival, from left, Kahurangi Stewart, Caitlin Hamilton and Hannah Hurst.

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Kapa haka groups spiced up the Theatre Royal stage for the annual Flava festival.

The eighth Ka Toi Maori O Aoraki Flava Festival took place yesterday with 27 kapa haka groups from primary and secondary schools in the Aoraki region performing.

Organiser from Arowhenua Whanau Services Felicity Mc- Millan said the festival was continuing to grow, with more schools interested in taking part next year.

McMillan said it was important to have the Maori festival as there was nothing else like it in the region. "It's great for the Maori culture to be showcased in an event like this."

Timaru Girls' High student Patricia Hill, 17, also agreed the festival was a way to show young people the Maori Culture was still around. She said she grew up with kapa haka, her favourite aspect being the poi. "It's quite easy if you know what you're doing."

Timaru Girls' High had a combined group with Timaru Boys' High called Nga Manu Kura.

Patricia said the group had been rehearsing for the performance since term one and it had gone well on the day.

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- The Timaru Herald

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