Wairewa kapa haka – Te Atakura 2012

The Wairewa kapa haka rōpū has just started practicing for the upcoming Te Atakura. This event was usually held on the last Saturday of the school holidays (third term) in October. But this year the festival will run at the Ngāi Tahu Hui-ā-Iwi at the Lincoln Event Centre on Saturday 24 November. The kaupapa of this festival is very simple and is at the heart of us as whānau, whanaunga, hapū and Ngāi Tahu. The purpose of Te Atakura is to; provide a focus point for each hapū to develop, nurture, enhance and strengthen the cultural well-being of their hapū, by encouraging whānau of all ages and skill levels to participate in a Ngāi Tahu based kapa haka festival. If you are keen, there is still time, please contact the office and get the details.

Hui-ā-Iwi update Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki

We would really like to know if you’re going to be at Hui-ā-Iwi so we can stay connected during the weekend and so that you don’t miss any opportunity to be with your whanauka from Puketeraki at key times. Let the Rūnaka Office know your name and cell phone contact if you are going to be there.

Depending on where people are staying there may also be the chance to share transport so do stay in touch with the Rūnaka Office, if you are travelling from Coastal Otago to Hui-ā-Iwi.

Rāpaki waiata and kapa haka practices

Get ready Rāpaki whānau! Looking forward to seeing you all – tamariki, rangatahi, tāua, pōua mā at the pā for kapa haka practices, which will be starting up as soon as Ripeka and Sharr give the word.

This year Te Atakura is on Saturday 24 November at the Lincoln Events Centre. Mark it on your calendar now.

Hui-ā-iwi and Te Atakura
When: November 23–25.
Where: Lincoln University
This year we will be taking a rōpū across to Hui-ā-iwi and participating in the hapū kapa haka event, Te Atakura. A first for Te Tai o Poutini, we have started learning waiata and pulling together a programme.

We have held one waiata wānaka, with a further two planned and regular weekly practices scheduled at Hokitika Primary School (Thursdays 4-5pm). Whānau are welcome to come and participate. Once dates have been set for the waiata wānaka, we will let everyone know.

Our accommodation for the weekend will be at Wairewa Marae. We plan to travel by bus leaving early on Friday to arrive in time for the pōwhiri and will return home on Sunday.

Contact Susan Wallace in the office on 0800 955 007 or Kara Edwards 027 683 9020 if you have any questions.