Students to entertain

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 03/08/2012
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FLAVA FESTIVAL: The Geraldine High School team performed before a large crowd at last year's festival.

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Timaru will rock today when the Flava Festival kicks off at the Theatre Royal.

Thirty-two schools and early childhood centres from the entire Aoraki region - from the Rakaia River south to the Waitaki River - will perform kapa haka, performing arts, as well as contributing visual artwork.

Entries have increased each year from seven in the first year to 28 for 2012.

For Wave tertiary facilitator Anna Reihana, a Flava Festival - or Ka Toi Maori o Aoraki - is a real celebration, with students and spectators supporting their teams in a wonderful example of whakawhanaungataka.

Spectators are welcome to support the tamariki and rakatahi throughout the day, with the mihi whakatau beginning at 8.30am and performances from 9am onwards.

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- The Timaru Herald

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