Thursday, August 30, 2018

Our Polyfest Performance Date and Time for 2018!

We have received the performance timetable from the orgainisers at the Otago Māori and Pacific Island Festival.  Our Wakari School Kapa Haka group (Tikanga Wakari) will be performing on Tuesday 11th September, at approximately 2.15pm.  The festival may be running early or running late, so the orgainisers advise parents, family and friends who would like to attend to try and come early if they can so they don't miss out.  You will be able to watch all the other fabulous Dunedin schools performing that day too!

We really hope you will be able to come along and support us!  11 Sleeps to go!


Cook Islands Music

The Teina Team (the Juniors) have been developing some fabulous Cook Islands dancing moves! Many of them have been practising at home in front of the mirror!

The music we have been using is "Orio" by Rex Atirai. We hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Teina Group Sing!

The Teina Group (the Juniors) have been working on a beautiful song called "Haere Mai".  Have a look at how well they are doing with the words and the moves!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Developing our Cook Island Dancing moves!

We have been really enjoying expanding on our moves with our Cook Island Dancing!  The girls and boys have different moves and everyone is working hard to try and master the new moves.
Thank you Steven for your amazing teaching and patience!

The girls moves their hands in a fluid motion, like this:

Steven taught the girls a new sequence of moves, it was tricky but the girls did an amazing job of persevering!  Check out their efforts in this video:


The boys hold their hands in a more steady way, Steven showed us how to do it, like this:


Then the boys also have a new sequence of moves, which mirror the girls' moves.  The boys were listening so well and trying their best to do an amazing job of learning the new moves.  Have a look at this video:

Super work Tamariki!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Welcome to Kapa Haka 2018!

The Tiena Group (the Juniors) have been so lucky to have Steven Tuakana come along to our sessions and teach us some FABULOUS Cook Island dancing!

Have a look at how well we are doing with our moves!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Haka Time!

Today Tamati and Heidi practiced their Haka moves during their lunchtime.  They did such a great job remembering all the words and actions - ka wani kē korua! (Awesome work!)



Here are the words for you to practice at home too!

Tahu Pōtiki! 
MARAKA! MARAKA! 
Tahu Pōtiki! 
MARAKA! MARAKA! 
Tēnei te ruru Te koukou nei 
Kīhai māhitihiti 
 Kīhai mārakaraka 
 Te Upokonui o te ruru Terekou! 
 He pō! He pō! He ao! 
 Ka awatea HI! 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tikanga Wakari Performance at a Local Matariki Celebration

The Tuakana team (the Middle & Senior syndicate group) were invited to perform at the Flagstaff Community Church Matariki Celebration last weekend.  The children did a wonderful job, singing three songs that we have been practising during our Kapa Haka sessions.  Have a look at the clip below if you would like to see them in action!