Southland Polyfest Celebrations

Southland Polyfest Celebrations

Te Mangai Paho

Aku nui, aku rahi aku pounamu tēnā koutou katoa. What a month we have had – particularly Te Kapa o Hemi Hākena who took the stage last Thursday at the Southland Polyfest. The event is a huge community celebration that brings together many schools from around the region. Our kapa performed first thing in the morning at 9.00am then again nearly 12 hours later at 8.45pm that night. The previous day they performed twice for the school assemblies, at the museum the previous Sunday, at the whanau hui the previous Thursday, and at Central Southland College the Tuesday prior to that. This is on top of their practice regime and noho marae. They have worked so very hard. The feedback they have received from people far and wide has been very positive and heart felt. This is a reflection of the many hours of dedication the group have put in. Special thanks go to Ria Jones, a current teacher trainee here on placement who put in a lot of energy to help bring the best out in the students. Also to Carmen Clarke-Karaka-Lapworth for her experienced advice and hands on tikanga. To one of our student leaders, Maia Winiana, for her generous assistance and aroha, and to Heather Freeborn for her hard work getting all of the uniforms fitted for our Kapa. As well as this, the whanau support has been so very much appreciated. We now look forward to building on the gains made to help maintain a strong reputation for our performance integrity.


Neitana (Nathan) Tane

Kaiako Māori 

category News
02 September 2014