25 July, Te Roopu Kapa Haka o Te Whānau Tahi departed Naenae College at 7:00am
and headed for the Hawkes Bay to compete in the National Secondary Schools Kapa
Haka Competition. When we arrived at the pōwhiri at the Taradale Pettigrew
Arena Centre, there were 39 other schools hoping to collect a top spot in the
We enjoyed our stay at Pukehou Marae which is situated 45 minutes south of Hastings in among farmlands. The meals were plentiful and delicious and the tangata whenua welcomed us with open arms.
As we were the first roopu to compete on Wednesday so we rose early that morning to get ready for the stage. Nerves, anxieties and excitement all played a part in our performance that morning but all our performers did extremely well. Although not placed as one of the top 9 groups in the country, the fact that they stood on stage in front of the nation is an achievement that they can be proud of. Well done!
After our performance, we had lunch with Pania on the Reef in Napier. Following that, we went back to the Pettigrew Arena and watched some of the other groups performing.
On Friday morning we left to come back to Naenae but first stopping to have lunch at McDonalds in Dannevirke. The Kaitātaki tāne and Kaitātaki wahine stayed back in Napier for the prizegiving along with a small group of our supporters. When we arrived back at the college the 1st XV greeted us with a rousing haka. That was so awesome. Thank you guys. All in all the experience was amazing.