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Tight finish for inter-house Haka competition

St Paul's Collegiate School —

This year's House Haka competition saw performances of skill, pride and passion from all who competed.

E aku nui, e aku rahi e aku tamarahi ki te rangi teenaa raa koutou katoa,

To you my great, to you my esteemed multitudes, my acknowledgements to you all.

He aha raa teenei mea te haka?

What is this thing we call the haka?

Tis, Tane-Rore, ‘tis Tane-Rore!

Tane-Rore is the god of haka, the progeny of Tama-nui-te-raa (the sun) and Hine-Raumati (the summer maiden).

As such he embodies all that is the art of haka - to be low in stance, to let the sinews stand, the quivering appearance of the air on hot summer days is a sign of Tānerore dancing for his mother, and this light, rapid movement is the foundation of all haka, with the trembling hands, in particular, representing his dance.

This year marks the tenth St Paul's inter-house haka competition, and oh, the progress we have made. However, this is more than a competition; it is a celebration of house pride, school pride, and cultural pride.

Ngaa mihi ki ngaa manu taki - to you the leaders of your respective houses, this year you truly stood up and stood out, by giving your all, and projecting your mana, and as such allowing those around you to do the same. Ngaa mihi.


7th place - total of 65 points: SCHOOL HOUSE

5th place equal - total of 82 points: HALL HOUSE,

5th place equal - total of 82 points: FITCHETT HOUSE

4th place - total of 88 points: WILLIAMS HOUSE

3rd place - total of 95 points: SARGOOD HOUSE

2nd place - total of 96 points: CLARK HOUSE

The overall undisputed, winner of the tenth St Paul's inter-house haka competition 2020 with a total of 96.5 points: HAMILTON HOUSE

Then entire House Haka competition can be viewed on St Paul's Collegiate School Facebook page