Kapiti Observer : July 18th 2011
9 KAPITI OBSERVER, JULY 18, 2011 OUR KIDS 'Impressive' kapa haka By MARGARET IRVINE Kapa haka: Te Kahui Raukura, the combined Kapiti and Paraparaumu Colleges' kapa haka group, performing at the secondary schools competition in Porirua. Photo Tony Kane. Poi perfection: The girls of Te Kahui Raukura show off their poi skills. Success: Otaki Te Rahui Kura at the dress rehearsal for their performance at the secondary schools regional kapa haka competition. Photo: TETAHI TAKAO. Otaki Te Rahui Kura, a combined kapa haka group from Otaki, has earned a place at the National Secondary School Championships in Whangarei next year. After nail-biting'' competition at Te Whanganui a Tara secondary schools' regional kapa haka competition in Porirua last Thursday, the team from Te Kura- a-iwi o Whakatuperanga Rua Mano, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rito and Otaki College was placed third, giving them entry to the nationals. Ricky Baker, head of Otaki's Maori department, said the performances were awesome''. He said the third placing was very close. Just listening to the points that were being awarded there would only have been point five of a mark between some of the groups.'' Harina Raureti-Coope,r of Te Kura-a-iwi o Whakatuperanga Rua Man,o said the standard of performance had been really high, thanks to the work of tutors Sam Doyle, Glenys Turu and Trist Reweti. There are a lot of young kids in the group and they did very well.'' A combined Kapiti and Para- paraumu College kapa haka group Te Kahui Raukura, also competed and could be justly proud of their efforts, Kapiti Col- lege principal Tony Kane said. The use of movement on the stage was executed with precision and their volume was impressive. The group finished with the famous Ngati Toa haka Ka Mate to the delight of the audience.'' First place went to a kapa haka group from Wellington and a Porirua group placed second. Each kapa haka performance for the competition incorporated an entrance, a waiata, a moteatea or chant, an action song, a poi, a haka, and an exit.
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