Kapa Haka Takes Flight

17 October 2016

“Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu” “Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly”

This whakatauki is a reflection of the true essence of kapa haka. A powerful vehicle for positive transformation for our young Māori students at Henderson High School.

Our kapa haka guiding tikanga are manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and to stand with pride in all that we do!

For the past 11 weeks, Nga Taiohi o Panuku, Henderson High School’s kapa haka, have been practising 4 days a week in preparation for our stand at Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga Secondary School Kapa Haka competition held At Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae, in Mangere.

Dedicating over 123 hours to learning and upholding the mana of our tupuna (ancestors) and our kura (school), our students stood with mana on the stage.

A huge mihi to Whaea Kura, Matua George and Matua Terrence for the support with organising the wharekai. From buying the kai to preparing all of the meals, we are extremely grateful for your support in the wharekai!

Our kaitātaki for this competition were Dangelo and April. Both humble leaders who did themselves, their whanau and their kura proud both on and off the stage.