Huntly take kapa haka title for 09 (RESULTS)

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Te Kura o Manutuke kapa haka warriors Ereatara Enari and Puriri Koria seemingly fly across the national competition stage in the final act of their bracket at Gisbornes Rugby Park this week. The Tairawhiti team were second and took nine placings across all categories.

(Source: Alice Te Puni) Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Rakaumanga were named 2009 national primary kapa haka champions ahead of Gisbornes Manutuke School yesterday after three days of fierce competition in Gisborne. The Tainui kura kaupapa based at Huntly outperformed 27 competing primary schools from throughout the country to clinch the coveted championship title.

Tairawhiti team Manutuke were second, ahead of Hoani Waititi from Auckland third. Rakaumanga tutor Matehaere Clarke said team members were both excited and exhausted.

Their day began at 4am yesterday in preparation for their 30-minute mid-morning performance. Rakaumanga won six of the 12 categories including best entrance, moteatea, haka, exit, new composition and diction.

Songs for their competition bracket were inspired by whakapapa connections between Tainui and Tairawhiti iwi.

We highlighted our whanaungatanga ties through our Tainui tipuna Turongo and our tipuna wahine Mahinaarangi who was from Te Tairawhiti.

It was about tipuna and whakapapa, she said.

Mahinaarangi is a descendant of Kahungunu and Porourangi. The young national champions will receive a heroes welcome when they return home to the Waikato today. King Tuheitia attended the festival and shared a special celebratory dinner last night with Rakaumanga at Waihirere Marae. Te Wharau in their first year at the nationals achieved a respectable 12th. Tairawhiti Cultural Development Trust chairman Maui Tangohau said the festivals success was a great outcome for Tairawhiti.

It is all over and we are looking forward to taking a well-deserved rest.

I must thank the huge number of volunteers who came forward to help with the running of the national competition. He mihi mahana ki a koutou. It was absolutely wonderful.

The next biennial primary national festival in 2011 will be held in the far north Taitokerau. Tairawhiti will host the senior kapa haka national competition in 2011. The massive celebratory event for iwi throughout the country is expected to bring tens of thousands of people to the district.

Results:

KAKAHU (costume):

  1. Hoani Waititi
  2. Manutuke
  3. Manawatu

KAITATAKI TANE (best male leader):

  1. Makoia
  2. Kaikohe
  3. Awapuni

KAITATAKI WAHINE (best female leader):

  1. Manutuke
  2. Rakaumanga
  3. Te Wharau

WAIATA TIRA (choral):

  1. Manutuke
  2. Te Wharau
  3. Nelson

WHAKAEKE (entrance):

  1. Rakaumanga
  2. Manutuke
  3. Hoani Waititi

WAIATA A RINGA (action song):

  1. Hoani Waititi
  2. Rakaumanga
  3. Manutuke

MOTEATEA:

  1. Rakaumanga
  2. Manutuke
  3. Aniwaniwa

POI:

  1. Manutuke
  2. Hoani Waititi
  3. Rakaumanga

HAKA:

  1. Rakaumanga
  2. Manutuke
  3. Kaikohe

WHAKAWATEA (exit):

  1. Rakaumanga
  2. Manutuke
  3. Hoani Waititi

TITO NGA HOU (new composition):

  1. Rakaumanga
  2. Manutuke
  3. Mokoia

TE MITA O TE REO (diction):

  1. Rakaumanga
  2. Ruatoki
  3. Hoani Waititi

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