The NNC Poly Club took part in the annual Hutt Fest – the Hutt Valley Secondary Schools Polynesian Cultural Festival on Friday 1st July in Term 2. We had 32 students from across all year levels – a smaller fraction compared to last year’s group – who performed with the same gusto, mana and enthusiasm.
Having a smaller cohort seems easier to
work with, but the difficulty that comes with a small group is that the
audience can pick out any mistakes that someone performs on stage. This meant
that we needed to schedule more practice times so that everyone could learn the
actions and have enough time to perfect each dance that we had learned. It
wasn’t easy – we were working with students who had to work around their sports
training, away games, and commitment to Homework Centre. This meant that we
were going around in circles making sure that everyone knew their actions each
time they could make it to practice. However, all the repetitive practices
meant that everyone became an expert and could teach other members the actions.
We also performed at our annual NNC Multicultural Day and Evening Concert the very next week. Even though we had already performed to our community at Hutt Fest it was awesome to share our hard work with our school fanau.
We performed a total of five items for both Hutt Fest and Multicultural Day: two beautiful love songs danced by our girls from Tonga and the Cook Islands, a proud Tokelau fatele and joyous Samoan siva performed by the entire group. The boys ended our performance off with an empowering haka that had elements of Samoan and Tokelau thrown into the mix.
The Poly Club would like to thank our leaving senior leaders for their time, commitment, talents and alofa they have brought to the club during their time here at Naenae College: Christian Ki-Toalepai 13GT, Tabai McGregor-Burt 13GT, Jordan Sului 13GT, Primrose Finau 13KYO, Periti Fotumaaliipule 13KYO, Zak Mose 13MJN, Anthony Pesamino 13TCW and the rest of our awesome seniors. Meitaki ma’ata to our supporting cultural tutors: Angela Makikiriti, Atonia Tavite, Polly Mose, Lauga Asiata-Toia, Meli Sio. Last, but certainly not the least, our supportive staff Mr Tiria, Mrs Forster and Mrs Duncan, fa’afetai tele lava! We don’t know how you handled us all of Term 2 Mr T, but you did! THANKS HEAPS!