More than 250 pupils, from schools all over Central Otago, took part in this year’s biennial Uruuruwhenua Schools Kapa Haka Festival in Alexandra last week.
The festival was organised by Central Otago REAP with a 450-strong crowd turning up to support the pupils in action.
Central Otago REAP Early Childhood/Schools co-odinator Steve Brown was delighted with how the festival went and said it continued to grow.
“The pupils spend a lot of time working on Te Reo and performing arts at school so this festival is a great way to showcase what they have been learning.”
A special feature of this year’s festival was when some schools performed their own school haka which they had developed themselves, he said.
The standard of the performances was outstanding, with many of the schools planning on attending Polyfest events in Invercargill and Dunedin later in the year, Steve said.
“It shows the whole growth and confidence the schools are experiencing in this area.”
For the first time Poolburn and Holy Family schools took part which was great for the festival, he said.
He wanted to acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by REAP Te Reo me ona tikanga teacher Mary-Anne Westhead who had spent a lot of time working with some of the schools in preparation for the festival.
Article written by Emma Maddox - Journalist
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