Te Rapa Primary School offers students a very good optional Kapa haka programme. Students from Year 3 to Year 8 are encouraged to join, where they learn traditional and contemporary Maori and Pasifika song and dance items.
This year Troy Collins and Penny Grey are the Kapa haka and Pasifika tutors and Tony Su’a is the accompanying guitarist and teacher. Troy Collins is of Maori descent, Penny Grey is of Nuie Island descent and Tony Su’a is of Samoan descent. Penny and Tony will offer a Pasifika component to the Kapa haka programme.
In Kapa haka this year, the students are learning a variety of himene (hymns), waiata (songs), waiata-a-ringa (action songs), mau rakau, poi and haka and Pasifika dances. They will be performing some items at Whole School assemblies. The group will do a full performance for their whanau (extended family) in Term 4 and will also perform at our end of year School Picnic to all families.
We endeavour to make it fun and provide students with a sound base that will enthuse them to take it as a standalone subject in the future, or simply have enough knowledge and confidence to travel overseas and proudly and comfortably share a selection of songs and dances with people from distant shores.