Maori culture celebrated

Photo by Tim Miller.
Photo by Tim Miller.
Pupils from St Gerard's School in Alexandra finish their kapa haka with a bang at the Uruuruwhenua Schools Kapa Haka Festival at Molyneux Park in Alexandra yesterday.

More than 250 pupils from schools from around Central Otago, as well as from Aoraki/Mount Cook School, took part in the two-yearly event.

The festival is organised by the Central Otago Rural Education Activities Programme (CO Reap) and the schools.

CO Reap schools co-ordinator Steve Brown said that in the 10 years since the event was first held, it has continued to get stronger.

More Central Otago schools were becoming involved with kapa haka and many schools were now sending their pupils to regional events in Dunedin and Invercargill.

The day was a fantastic celebration of Maori culture and it was great to see all the parents, friends and teachers supporting the pupils, Mr Brown said.

CO Reap Te Reo me ona tikanga teacher Mary-Anne Tamati travelled to most of the schools throughout the year teaching Maori language and performing arts.

She said the day was awesome but would have never happened without the support from those behind the scene who made sure the day ran smoothly.

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