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Kapa Haka

Kapa Haka has always been a passion of mine, which stretches right back to my time at primary school.

When I took on my current role at Kia Aroha College I was asked to take on the role of kapa haka tutor as well. Despite the numerous disruptions caused by several lockdowns over the past 2 years, I have continued this role & enjoyed breathing new life into kapa haka at our school.

2020-2021 Kaupapa Haka

  • 2020 ASB Polyfest team - tutor and composer
    Our rōpū was prepped and ready for stage prior to the 2020 lockdown.

  • 2020 - 2021 Primary Kapa Haka Regional organisation leader

  • 2021 Primary Kapa Haka Regional  Tutor Yr 7-8 rōpū

  • 2021 4th Place Primary regionals

  • National Qualification for Te Mana Kuratahi
    This is only the second time Te Whānau o TUpuranga has ever qualified for a national competition.

During my time at FPS I have taken on our school kapa haka rōpu - Te Kāhui Huringa. Over the years I have built a strong foundation of performers, and seen a growth in interest across the entire school. 

My resposibilities as teacher in charge include:

  • Organising practice times and venues.

  • Running practices for senior kapa as a tutor.

  • Co-ordination of after-school and lunch time practices.

  • Accompany performances as a guitarist.

  • Weekend live-ins and practice days.

  • Composition of waiata.

  • Choreography of all items.

  • General administration – notices for parents and caregivers. EOTC paperwork and administration as per FPS policy.

  • Maintenance and inventory keeping of all kapa haka resources. Particularly uniforms and instruments.

  • Attending regional committee hui in preparation for regional events.

  • Organisation of whanau hui with parents and care givers of students.

During my time as teacher in charge I have overseen the following events and initiatives:

  • Koroneihana performances 2013 & 2016.

  • Renewal and re-design of kapa haka performing uniforms.

  • Purchase of new piupiu and uniforms.

  • Design and purchase of dress uniforms.

  • 2014 Regional kapa haka competition - overall 10th place.

  • 2015 Hauraki Festival competition - overall 3rd place.

  • Created a full set of trophies and awards for the first ever kapa haka prize giving event.

  • 2016 Regional kapa haka competition to be held in Nov.

  • 2017 -2018 Mana Ariki Group - Travelled to Te Mana Ariki in Taumarunui & Placed 1st overall in the junior section.

  • 2018 Organised Ngā Kura Tuatahi o Tāmaki Makaurau Regional Competition - host school FInlayson Park School - Event Co-ordination.

  • 2018 Tāmaki Makaurau regional kapa haka competition overall winners.

  • 2019 Te Mana Kuratahi Competition participants - Hamilton.

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