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Primary schools compete for regional kapahaka

Media Release
15 June 2001

Primary schools compete for regional kapahaka prize

Manukau City Council and Toi o Manukau are pleased to support next week’s Auckland Region Primary Schools Kapahaka Competition.

In its second year, the competition will be held at the Manukau Sports Bowl on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June from 9am to 4pm both days.

Finlayson Park School who represented the Auckland region at last year’s national kapahaka competition will be hosting 23 primary schools from across the region. They’re coming from from as far south as Port Waikato, Henderson in the west, Waiheke Island to the east and Birkdale in the north.

This regional competition determines which school qualifies for the national kapahaka competition at Te Rapa, Hamilton in October.

Competition organisers are enthusiastic about the value of the competition to the children and the schools involved.

“It’s good to see our tamariki involved in the performing arts arena where they are excelling. Their self esteem and confidence is raised considerably when they participate in events like this.” said organising committee member Poto Stephens-Dunn.

“Their commitment shows with all the effort put into practices beyond the regular school times allotted. They build a great sense of pride and accomplishment from the practices right through to performing in front of their family and friends.”

Council granted $5,000 towards the event, and is also assisting with the event infrastructure such as staging, sound and parking. Toi o Manukau co-ordinator, Chantelle Whaiapu is keen for the community to get behind the event and support their children.

“Entry is just $2 for adults, $1 for children and free for under fives. We’d love to see lots of people at the Sports Bowl, enjoying what these kids have achieved and the spectacle of kapahaka” she says.


Schools Participating

Kura Kaupapa Maori Puaha o Waikato
Kura Kaupapa Maori o Hoani Waititi
Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangere
Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku
Te motu a Rae roa (Waiheke/Te Huruhi)
Kura Kaupapa Maori o Manurewa
Te Whanau o Tamapahore
Te Kura Takawaenga o Waipareira (Henderson)
Te Puawaitanga (Birkdale)
Te Whanau o Tupuranga (Clover park)
Nga Hau e Wha (Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate)
Clendon Park
Te Raki o Pukekohe (Pukekohe North)
Manurewa East
Rangeview Intermediate
Te Whanau Pounamu (Kowhai Intermediate)
Te Kura tuatahi o Otahuhu roopu (Otahuhu Primary)
Edmund Hillary
Te Huringa Rumaki Reo

Media Contact
Gabrielle Hinton
Media Liaison
Corporate Communications
Manukau City Council
Phone: (09) 2628900 x 8650
Fax: (09) 2625759

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