Pāora Tapu Haka finds a new context
The kaitiaki from the heritage centre divided the class in two. Half of the class represented the British army and settler militia who invaded the Waikato, homeland of Kingitanga. Armed with ladders the British and colonial militia set about scaling the five-metre walls of the musket pa site. The other half, awaiting them, were the 'defenders' of Rangiriri, who replied to the St Paul's haka.
Rangiriri means 'angry skies', and students asked to reflect on their experience used words like scared, challenging, impressed, confused, worried and hyped to fight.