Nga Puna O Waiorea

ASB Polyfest
(Division 1) Maori Stage Winners

Saturday the 20th of March 2010 is certainly one for the record books at Nga Puna o Waiorea in regard to kapa haka. This year we were deemed worthy enough to be the overall aggregate winners of the Division 1 Maori Stage Competition. A huge amount of gratitude and thanks goes out to our kapa haka tutors; General [Tianara] Wihongi & Marissa Matson who along with our collective kaiako and parent team have worked together over the years to make this win a reality for the students of Nga Puna O Waiorea and Western Springs College. The hard work of present and past students, kaiako and whanau has finally become a reality.

The competition was hot from all the other competing schools in this section and we acknowledge the support and recognition given to us by our many worthy adversaries on the day. Nei te mihi maioha kia koutou e nga hoa me nga whanau kura o Tamaki Makau Rau.  Our Kaitataki or kapa haka leaders of Norbryn Vaiula, Nathaniel Howe and Tuhoe Tamaiparea did a fantastic job of leading the students both on and off the stage. Recognition must also be given to our staunch supporters who didn’t make the team of 50 for the day but who remained loyal to the roopu to the end. Nga mihi mahana kia koutou katoa e te roopu kapa haka o Nga Puna o Waiorea.

Past Rumaki teacher, Whaea Mina Pomare was able to confirm that apart from last year’s second placing, third overall was the closest Waiorea had ever come in the past to reaching the top on the Maori stage.  We were also fortunate to achieve other first, second & third placings in the non-aggregate sections as well. With this huge honour achieved the rumaki and the kura look forward now to representing Tamaki Makau Rau region at the Secondary Schools National Kapa Haka Competition to be held  in Rotorua in July and to maintain our  focus on the main aims of our kura and rumaki; to achieve with excellence in our Academic Performance. ‘Whaia te Manu Matauranga!’ [Pursue the Bird of Knowledge!]

The following is a list of our placings in the Aggregate & Non Aggregate Sections respectively:

1st Overall 2nd Kakahu Wahine (Girls Clothing)
1st Moteatea (Traditional Chant) 2nd Waiata Tira (Choral)
1st Mita o te Reo (Use and Pronunciation of Maori Language) 2nd Kaitatake Tane (Boys Leader)
1st Haka 2nd Whakaeke (Entry)
1st Waiata-a-ringa (Song) 3rd Whakawatea (Exit)
1st Poi  
1st Kaitateke Wahine (Girls Leader)  
1st Co-Ed Mau Rakau (Weaponry)  
1st Kakahu Tane (Boys Clothing)  
1st Most Impoved Group Overall