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Kapa Haka

Toli-Reina Reupena —

Te Roopu Kapahaka o Te Whānau Tahi 2017

Transferring from a Kura Kaupapa Māori to Naenae College I have always had a passion for Kapa Haka and so without a second thought I joined the school’s Kapa Haka Roopu, Te Whānau Tahi. This year, I was lucky enough to be selected the female leader for our Kapa Haka Roopu. I never thought I'd be Kaitātaki Wahine (Female Leader) because I'm not one for putting myself out there but I had amazing tutors who pushed and supported me all the way. It had been a long and hard campaign, attending all the Noho Marae and practices for the Secondary Schools Regional Kapa Haka Competition which was held at the Walter Nash Stadium in July. Over those months I learned new skills, new songs and got to know the new members that joined. I was able to guide and help the juniors with whatever they wanted to learn. We share some unforgettable memories. I am thrilled with of all our achievements that we made this year and I'm proud to call them my brothers and sisters because we're Te Whānau Tahi.

Toli-Reina Reupena