Making a cultural mark

Photo: Richard Davison
Photo: Richard Davison
Whakaata, whakaataata (mirror, mirror), who is the fairest?

Warepa School year 8 girls (from left) Amber James, Nathalie Apostol, Leah Stephens, Zoe Hyslop (all 13), and Zara Upston (12), check their moko in preparation for the school's inaugural visit to Otago Polyfest this year.

Principal Sue Adcock said the pupils' kapa haka preparations were a timely overlap with Maori Language Week/Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori.

''We've been foregrounding Te Reo Maori in our classes this week, and the children have been practising kapa haka every day in the run-up to our Dunedin Polyfest visit on Friday. It helps to know the meaning of what you're singing to perform at your very best.''

She said parents and community members would enjoy a special preview performance at the school today.

''It takes a couple of hours for make-up, but they look amazing.'' 

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