Anei anō he rā.
Today is another year.
Kapa Haka practices have been well attended this year despite uncertain times. Highlights include Mr Wood’s farewell assembly at the end of term two and a video performance supporting the Murihiku Marae Matariki celebration. Big thanks to Mr James and Mr Tanuvasa for the hours of work and care taken to produce this. Just last term the Kapa helped to farewell Trish France and Helen Dempsey with a heartfelt rendition of ‘Nā ngā Mātua’.
Our most heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our whānau who have contributed so much through a tough year. To our fundraising committee who have taken care of the kapa this year our most sincere thank you. Your positivity, level-headedness, hardwork and appreciation are perfect. Mauri ora. Even though many of our appointments did not eventuate, it has been an essential part of maintaining our momentum. Ka mihi ki a koutou.
Big thanks particularly to Stacy McNaught from Wild South Crossfit for running Tuesday morning training. Also, to Lisa Tou-McNaughton for her constant support and organisation.
One of our fundraising committee, Whaea Anita Peterson, has had a long standing connection with James Hargest College. Her commitment to the Kapa Haka Rōpū is outstanding. She has been to every practice and performance, and assisted as tutor and whaea. If she isn’t on the floor helping the kapa, she is checking uniforms, creating performance opportunities, cooking hangi, making poi, sorting kai or making more poi. Tēnā ka nūnui te mihi atu.
The 2020 Southland Polyfest performance date has been pushed back after the writing of this report. This will be a big finale for our year 13’s: Eilish Johnstone-Karetai, Ashleigh McIntosh, Logan Maxwell and Ruby Borland-Fraser. Our most sincere acknowledgement of your commitment and leadership. To you Ruby, an enormous thank you from our appreciative staff to whom you taught ‘He Toa’ (our school haka).
Despite a frustrating year, the kapa is in good heart and excited about their Polyfest performance. To all of you who have attended training, practice, fundraisers, tangihanga, school celebrations, video performances, sustained silent reading, lunchtime jams, after school discussions and of course our camp Omaui at the very start of the year, we wish you well for the summer and a stunning 2021!