College and Rangi create powerful energy

20 Jun 2017

Two energetic and vibrant haka reverberated around the Assembly Hall on Tuesday 20 June, creating a memorable first performance from the combined Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and Christ’s College Kapa Haka group.

In his introduction, Matua Maaka Kahukuranui, from Rangi Ruru, outlined the back stories of the haka the group performed and said Kapa Haka creates a wonderful opportunity for our two schools to work together and honour Aotearoa–New Zealand’s culture and heritage.

Year 11 student Tom Davidson said he has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the group and it has given him new insight into the meaning and traditions behind the words and actions. “It’s our culture, it’s unique ... it’s cool to get into it, to get fired up, put your heart and soul into it, and come to understand what it means.”

Tom says he would encourage more boys to get involved. The group, which has come together through the energy and commitment of Maaka and Flower’s House tutor Brad Hemopo, plans to participate in more performances and events, taking Rangi Ruru and College Kapa Haka to the world.

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