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Tikanga Wakari do themselves proud at Polyfest 2018!

Heather Bonney —

Last week our Kapa Haka group, Tikanga Wakari, did a fabulous job at the Otago Māori and Pacific Islands Festival (Polyfest)!

Last week 172 enthusiastic children took the stage to represent our school at Polyfest.  First our Junior School (the Teina Group) performed a waiata and a Cook Islands Dance.  The Cook Islands Dance was taught to our group by one of our parents, Steven Tuakana, we have really appreciated his help with our Kapa Haka group this year.  Then our Middle and Senior Syndicate students came on stage and performed three more waiata, the first of which they also demonstrated some impressive rakau (stick) dance moves with, we just loved watching them! 

The students did themselves and their school proud with how they conducted themselves backstage at the festival, and their performance on stage.  Ka mau te wehi! (Awesome work!)

It has been just wonderful to see such enthusiasm about our Māori and Pasifika performing arts at our school.

If you would like to see the children perform, click on the link below. The camera does a great job of panning around all the performers - we hope you enjoy it!