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Kapa Haka

Michaela Cynthia Biddle —

Te Whānau Tahi kapa haka took the regional stage again at the Wairarapa ki Te Awakairangi regional secondary schools kapa haka competition held in Upper Hutt on Friday 26th of June this year. Four long months of hard work, long hours practicing and learning new songs all paid off when we finally took the stage.

Overall we placed 2nd out of 7 groups. I placed 1st equal for my role as female leader and Fruen Samoa placed 1st for his role as our male leader. One of our items, our waiata tira, or choral, also placed 1st overall which was a massive achievement. A special thanks to matua Te Teira Davis for composing this waiata in tribute to all those whānau and friends who have passed away over the previous year. E kore puna aroha e mimiti ki a koutou, ā, ahakoa kua mate te putiputi, ka rongo tonu tātou i tōna ake reka.

Te Whanau Tahi have been fortunate enough to gain access once again to perform on a national stage next year in Hastings at the Pettigrew Arena in July. This will be our 8th time on a national stage, which is a huge achievement I reckon. In my personal experience with the kappa haka, I've made many memories with each and every one of the performers, both past and present. I've made long-term friendships, I've gained a lot knowledge about the world of kapa haka and have also gained many skills. We've had our fair share of ups and downs as a kapa but, in the end, we wouldn't be where we are now and wouldn't be achieving so much if it wasn't for the lessons we learnt in between. The ability to lead a kapa may seem easy, but it is far from it, however I wouldn't be the leader that I am if it wasn't for the support, not only I get, but also Te Whanau Tahi get from our backbones of the kapa - our tutors, mātua, kaiawhina and past performers – ka tuku ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.

Nāku noa,

Nā Michaela Cynthia Biddle