Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!
On Saturday, 6 May Te Kūiti High School hosted the Tainui Waka secondary schools kapa haka competition. Ngā Reo Irirangi o Tainui were fortunate to live-stream the event and share with those who were unable to make it.
We watched ten teams compete for four spots, to represent our waka, on the national stage. We enjoyed a maturity of voices and killer performances. We watched and listened to the waiata, haka and whakaaro Māori right here in Te Nehenehenui.
Visually and aurally, the standard was undoubtedly high but the depth of kupu and content which came from the kapa is worth mention.
While the likes of Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha addressed environmental issues and Tai Wānanga Kapa Haka represented physical health and fitness, Te Kapa Haka o Rototuna was the newcomer who blew everyone away with their renditions of old anthems – with representations of kaihaka from the pito of the world, this kapa showed us how passionate non-kura kaupapa and non-Māori tauira can explore and express their Māori identity. Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga also performed old waiata which tributed the late haka legend, Tōmairangi Paki.
The entire event was a space to witness and experience the depth of what our rangatahi are learning. On stage and through haka is arguably the most passionate we get to see groups of rangatahi share their learnings, express their feelings and represent their Māori identity.
It was an eventful day for Tainui waka and we look forward to supporting Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga, Te Maurea Whiritoi, Ngā Taiātea Wharekura and Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere who will represent us at the 2018 national competition in Manawatu.
Ngā Reo Irirangi o Tainui acknowledge the following sponsors for supporting our on-air and online live-stream – Te Māngai Pāho, Wireless Dynamics, Stunnuz Clothing, Wintec Hamilton, and Maniapoto Māori Trust Board. Te Reo Irirangi o Maniapoto thank our fellow radio stations Ngā Iwi FM and Radio Tainui, Tainui Teachers and the Maniapoto hosting committee for the collaborative support.