Fairfield School provided a taste of Maori culture last week
when 10 schools and a kindergarten took part in the Taieri
Schools Kaupapa Maori Festival Hui Ako.
Fairfield School teacher and co-ordinator Kathryne Tofia said
about 300 pupils from Mosgiel Central Kindergarten, Amana
Christian School, East Taieri School, Elmgrove School,
Fairfield School, Green Island School, Outram School,
Silverstream School, Strath Taieri School, Taieri College and
Waihola School shared waiata, haka, Maori tikanga, customs
and traditions during the two-hour festival.
Kapa haka dates back to pre-European times where it developed
from all traditional forms of Maori pastimes - haka, mau
rakau (Maori weaponry), poi, and moteatea (traditional Maori
Miss Tofia said that the event was an opportunity for pupils
to showcase what they had learnt from their study of Maori
culture, as well as practise their performance for the 2014
Otago Polyfest in September.