23 Mar 2016

Wednesday 23 March 2016

A record number of more than 9,000 students from 64 schools across Auckland took part in the four day ASB Polyfest from Wednesday, 16 to Saturday, 19 March at the Manukau Sports Bowl, with King’s College competing in the premier kapa haka contest.

This iconic annual event celebrates the pride and passion of Māori and Pacific Island communities through song, dance, speech and art, and aims to help students express their heritage and develop their creativity, leadership and teamwork skills.

Students competed on five stages, performing traditional items from cultures including Cook Islands, Māori, Niue, Samoan and Tongan. There was also a Diversity stage featuring performances from a range of cultural groups including Fijian, Tokelau, Chinese, Korean and Indian.

King’s competed in Division One of the People’s Choice Awards Competition. Proudly supported by a strong turnout from the King’s community, we achieved the following placings:

1st: Mau Rakau (weaponry)

2nd: Kakahu (dress/uniform)

2nd: Kaitataki (male leader)

We placed 7th overall out of 14 groups.

Johannes Leituala’s second place as male leader was particularly impressive, given that it was his first ever time leading.

“Although the overall result was not as great as last year, to maintain Division One standard is very pleasing”, says Teacher-in-Charge of Kapa Haka Lincoln Savage.

The next competition will be the 2016 Secondary Kapa Haka Nationals taking place in Hawke’s Bay in July.