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Kapa Haka

Kapa haka provides opportunities for all ākonga to engage in Māori culture, language and traditional practice. Intrinsic to kapa haka are culture, language and identity.

The Kavanagh College kapa haka group is a young group with the potential to grow and develop. We currently have both experienced kaiako, senior students, past students and the occasional guest tutor teaching our group. Some of the events we have taken part in recently include Ngā Manu Kōrero 2021, a Matariki concert, Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori (the Māori Language moment 2020), Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) shared kai and concert at Kavanagh. And, we are looking forward to performing at Polyfest this year.

We aim to promote whakawhānaungatanga, mahitahi (working together) and discipline as well as having fun. We currently practise every Tuesday after school from 3.10pm - 5.00pm.

Moko 2

He Whetū Tīrama

(The Kavanagh College haka, composed by Manu Sinclair in 1996)

Ko wai rā?

Ko wai rā

Ko wai rā?

Ko wai rā

Nei rā mātou Te whetu tīrama i te puke 

– E kanapanapa ana 

Hei ramaroa mō te iwi whānui e

Ko Ōtepoti 

Te kāinga

Ko Ōtākou

Te Rohe whakaruruhau – i ngā uri – whakatupu

 – i te Waipounamu e

Tū mai rā ngā tauira

O te kura (o) Kawana

Whakamanahia

Hi

ngā wawata

Hi

o ngā mātua tupuna

Hi, Hi, Ha

Ko te pae tawhiti

Whāia kia tata

Ko te pae tata

Whakamaua, kia mau ki ngā akoranga, 

ki ngā tikanga tawhito kawea, te MANA, 

te ihi, te wehi o ngā rangatira o Ōtākou e 

A HI!

 

 

Who are those (over there)?

 

Who are those (over there)?

 

This is us, the glimmering stars on the hill

Gleaming

As a light for our people/community

Dunedin

Is the home

Ōtākou

The place that shelters us, the descendants – 

growing up/flourishing – in the South Island

Stand tall students

of Kavanagh College

Give mana to

 

the dreams 

 

of the ancestors/elders

 

A distant horizon 

Pursue this (so it becomes achievable)

Becomes a near horizon

Fix your attention to holding on to the teachings,

and traditional practices that carry the mana, 

the ihi, the wehi of the esteemed leaders of Ōtākou

 

Kapa Haka girls cropped
Uia te patai
Whakaringa
Matariki Carisbrook