Last weekend the Selwyn College Kapa Haka group, Te Kahu Pokere, performed at Polyfest, a celebration of Pasifika cultures from schools across Auckland, and the biggest secondary school event in the country.
This year the roopu had a large numbers of juniors and they were ably led by a dedicated group of seniors including Pounamu Smith, Oscar Allen and Ashlee-Anne Bishop. They spent many hours over a five week period practising the multiple skills needed to perform on centre stage; poi, waiata a ringa, haka and moteatea and also had an intensive wananga at Orakei Marae. They lived and breathed “kapa haka”.
Saturday’s performance was the culmination of all that hard mahi and for the students it was both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. The group performed in front of a great crowd with a lot of support from whanau and friends, including staff and students, who braved the traffic to get a front row seat.
We are incredibly proud of the progress made by our rangatahi, they were so skillful, and visually they made a huge impact with their costuming and ta moko. They were awesome. If you haven’t been to Polyfest before, come along next year.
Finally, a big thank you to Whaea Fi and tutor Piripi Davis Jnr who gave up so much of their time, without them this would not be possible. Also a big thank you to the parents, staff and senior students who came to the marae every day so students wouldn’t get behind in their work. Kia kaha rangatahi. No reira tena koutou katoa.