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Whaingaroa Kapa Haka group hit the road

On Thursday 8th November Te Ropu Haka o Te Ropu Aroha ki te Reo hit the road for Tauhei Marae.

But the journey did not begin on Thursday. It began three months ago when teachers of Te Ropu Aroha ki te Reo (Raglan Area Schools rumaki unit) decided to form a haka group.

The main goal was to strengthen our reo, culture and relationships as well as competing in a competition. Teachers decided to open the opportunity to all students in our community, having students from Raglan Area School mainstream and rumaki syndicates, and from Te Uku and Waitetuna primary schools.

After three months of practicing everyday and every weekend Te Ropu Haka o Te Ropu Aroha ki te Reo stood for the first time on stage to compete in the Waikato Tainui Primary Kapa Haka Regionals at Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha, Waitoa.

The pride of the west coast was felt and seen by all. Our ropu haka had our whanau cheering, crying and also the judges up on their feat clapping with amazement.

“There are no words that can really describe the feeling tamariki, whanau and kaiako felt when our ropu performed that day. We are very proud of our tamariki and I know our whanau are too. Even though we came 8th out of 17 groups (just missing out on competing in the Nationals next year) they were absolute winners in our eyes and our goals and aspirations were achieved. No reira e aku rangatira ka nui te mihi aroha, mihi mutunga kore hoki ki a koutou katoa”.

Thanks go out to all who have supported us on our journey especially Te Kokiri (Grandpa-Tex Rickard), the Lions club, Poihakena marae, Mootakotako marae, Waingaro marae, The Nannies and our whanau, iwi and community.

Na nga kaiako o Te Ropu Haka o Te Ropu Aroha ki te Reo
Liz Rangiawha, Chanel Ruawai, Wini o te Ata Hunia and Wayne Harris.

“Iti rearea, teitei kahikatea ka taea”

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