27 Jul 2016

Wednesday 27 July 2016

A spine-tingling performance by King’s College’s Kapa Haka team had the thousand-strong audience at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale, Napier on the edge of their seats on Wednesday 27 July.

For the first time, after securing fourth place in Division One at the 2015 ASB Polyfest, King’s College have qualified for Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua o Aotearoa 2016 - the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition.

The competition, taking place from 25 to 29 July, sees some of New Zealand’s rising school-level kapa haka performers in action. 39 teams are competing in a total of three pools with 13 teams in each pool.

King’s College’s 30-minute performance on Wednesday 27 July saw the performers receive a standing ovation from the crowd who performed a haka for them in return as the utmost sign of respect.

The top three teams from each pool were announced on the evening of Thursday 28 July, but unfortuantely King's College did not make the top nine.

Headmaster of King’s College, Simon Lamb says the College is immensely proud of its Kapa Haka team.

“While we did not make it to the finals, our team's performance at the Nationals on Wednesday was one of the best Kapa Haka performances I’ve seen – well done to our students and all involved in getting our boys to the Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua finals in 2016,” says Lamb.

“It’s a privilege for the College to have such huge talent in its midst, and talent in particular which speaks strongly to our recognition and respect of indigenous New Zealand culture.”

Click here to view King’s College’s pool performance.