Today, the senior Kapa Haka group performed at the Panmure Library, to celebrate Matariki (Maori New Year). The audiences that we presented it to where different kindergartens, parents, librarians, and other public pupils as they also came to celebrate Matariki.
The first song we performed was E te Ariki. This is a traditional Maori hymn, and we performed as a waiata.
The second dance we presented was Tamaki E. This action song is a traditional welcoming song for the people. It reminds the audience to come onto our school grounds bringing the memories of their tipuna (ancestors).
The third dance we carried out was Rona. This dance is a poi and a taiaha item. It is an item about the moon, and how Rona is lonely up in the night sky.
The fourth item we performed was Tuia. Tuia is our second action dance. This is about the birds flying above the high sky.
The last item we presented was the Haka. The haka we performed was our school haka and was the first time we have presented it in public
I enjoyed doing this performance because this allowed all of our performers to build up their confidence to perform, and also work as a team.