Pupils in the King's and Queen's High
School kapa haka group are hoping there is some weight in the
old adage, ''better luck next time''.
The group, He Waka Kotuia, has been selected for the second
time to represent Otago and Southland at the national
secondary schools kapa haka competition, in Gisborne, in
Teacher in charge of kapa haka, Cherie Ford, said the group
competed in the 2011 national final in Whangarei, finishing
32nd out of 43 schools.
''That was the first time a group from Dunedin had gone to
the secondary school nationals.
''This time we've set ourselves a target. We want to reach
the top 20.''
Mrs Ford believed the group had a better chance of success
this time because the last time the team competed, all the
second-row girls were in year 9.
This year, they are all year 11 and it has added more
experience to the group, she said.
''Knowing what to expect is part of the battle already won.
''They know the level required and how much rehearsal will
have to go in,'' she said.
Rehearsals have begun for the 60-strong group, and each is
working hard to win a place in the final 40 to go to the
But finding time to rehearse several hours a week, perform
and raise funds for the trip was proving difficult, she said.
Already this year, the group had performed at the Waitangi
Day celebrations at Otakou marae and at Thieves' Alley market
day, and welcomed first-year and international University of
Otago students to Dunedin.
On top of that, the pupils were working hard to raise $50,000
to make the journey to Gisborne.
''We're really busy.''
Anyone who could spare time to help the pupils raise funds
would be greatly appreciated, she said.