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Kapa Haka

HBHS Kapa Haka 2012


Kapa Haka: Roopu Manu Huia

Kahuranaki te Maunga, Ngaruroro te awa,Takitimu te waka, Ngāti Kahungunu te iwi,

Ngā Tama Tāne o Heretaunga toku kura

 After a very successful 2011 and entry into the 2012 NZ Schools' Kapa Haka Competition our school's Kapa haka programme has grown from strength to strength.  With numbers swelling to over 45 students the group has been working hard to prepare for a very busy year.

With performances at local marae and visits to our contributing schools to promote Roopu Manu Huia the group has quickly built a repertoire of waiata, haka and tū waewae that has its grounding in Kahungunutanga.  The roopu itself consists of boys from across the school levels with the biggest group coming from the Year 9 cohort.  These junior members are well supported by the senior members and the senior leadership team within Roopū Manu Huia.

One of the overriding philosophies of this year's group is the fostering of the tuakana teina relationship.

With a successful showing at the Regional Kapa Haka competition which was held at the HB Opera House on Friday 17 May and a second place at the Super Eight Cultural Festival behind Rotorua Boys' the groups focus now turns to preparing for the Nationals in June.  The group is learning a brand new bracket which includes haka, waiata, whakaeke, whakawātea, waiata tira and  for the first time a poi.  A new haka which is being especially written for the nationals by the Head of Māori Mr Brown Wiki will be performed at the Nationals.

Fundraising for the Nationals has started and the boys will be doing a sponsored run up Te Mata Peak on Friday 25 May and will be having a hangi during the Term 2 holidays.

The group will spend the first week of the holidays together preparing for the Nationals.  Groups of boys will attend different workshops ranging from leadership building to mau rakau, tu waewae , haka, waiata and group choreography.  It is during this week and the weekend noho that the bulk of the work will be done leaving the first week of Term 3 to polish the performance before the dress rehearsal concert which is set as the last fundraiser before they travel to Whangarei in week 2 of the term.