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Fonofa Fale and Soe Sola —

Naenae College Poly Club

The NNC Poly Club took part in the first ever HuttFest Hutt Valley Secondary Schools Polynesian Cultural Festival on Wednesday 24th June in Term 2. About 50 students from across all year levels of our school committed to the rigorous and demanding dance and singing practices and rehearsals throughout all of Term Two.

It was tough learning how to dance perfectly and sing amazingly at the same time for many of our students. It was also the first time on stage for most of our students as well. Even with all the jitters and nerves, our final product on stage showed that all that hard work and commitment was all worth it in the end. Parents and members of the wider Hutt Valley community commended our college for our Poly Club's acknowledgment and celebration of our school's pride in our Pacific cultures.

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 HuttFest it was awesome to share our hard work with our school fanau. It was crack up seeing Mr Russell siva Samoa on stage at MCD – he’s definitely shown that he’s learned a move or two over the years!

We performed a total of six items for both HuttFest and Multicultural Day: a Samoan entry song lead by Shakynah Sului 11MRE; a Cook Island Kapa Ipo (duet) performed by Chyenne Tangapiri 11TLS and Lisa Makiteiaa-Naisali 13MMO; a powerful Tokelau/Māori haka by the boys and lead by Zak Mose 12MJN and Fruean Samoa 13KDC; a combined Tongan Ma'ulu'ulu (seated, hand action dance) lead by our Vahenga Halamehi Feki 12ACP; a Samoan Ma'ulu'ulu (traditional girls dance); finishing off with our Samoan Taualuga lead by our Fuataimi Elijah Tauala 13AAN and our Taupou Faapili Aiomata 13TSD.

The Poly Club would like to thank our senior leaders for their endless commitment, organisation, management, choreography, alofa, manaakitanga and rangatiratanga to the club this year: Diana Oloapu 13RU, Faapili Aiomata, Lisa Makiteiaa-Naisali, Halamehi Feki, Kevin Aiomata, Jerry Malua and Fruean Samoa. Malo ‘aupito to our punake (tutor) Bruno Moala, malo ‘aupito e ngaue moe to’o fatongia. He 'ikai ngalo ia tekimautolu ho'o anga'ofa mo fa'a kataki. Mahalo nui to our supporting teachers Mrs Duncan and Mr Tiria for your organisation, feedback and support during our Poly Club season. Last, but not least, a special mention must be made to our head leader, Alatupe Mataafa 13MMO, for keeping our Poly Club in line since the very beginning. She embodied true rangatiratanga with her sharp tongue and no muck around attitude.

Written by: Fonofa Fale and Soe Sola