Friday, October 14, 2016

The Video of Wakari School's Polyfest Performance...and what's happening in Term 4?

This is the official video taken of our Wakari School performance by the team at the Māori and Pacific Island Festival.  Enjoy!

Over Term 4 the Kapa Haka students will be split into six smaller groups and will be experiencing some different things relating to the Māori performing arts - such as rākau (small sticks), mau rākau (long sticks), haka, as well as exploring some Māori legends, art and language.  We think that it will be a fantastic term!  Ka mau te wehi! 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Well Done to our Wonderful Kapa Haka Students!

Yesterday our Kapa Haka group, Tikanga Wakari, did a fabulous job at Polyfest!  We just loved performing to such a HUGE audience!

The link below is a link to the entire recording of the Thursday afternoon's performances.  Our Wakari Performers come on at 3:31.  The camera does a great job of panning around everyone's faces - have a look to see if you can see yourself!

A video of our students performing 'Ōtākou E' at Polyfest - recorded by one of our teachers in the audience.

A video of our students performing their Sasa at Polyfest - enjoy!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tomorrow is the BIG day!

Tomorrow our wonderful Kapa Haka group will be performing at the Otago Pacific Island and Māori Festival (Polyfest).

Our performance time is around 1pm (timing is VERY approximate - as the festival could be running early or late).  There is a link to a live stream of the Polyfest performances:

Please note that this link does not work very well on all devices.  We will endeavor to get our own video on this blog as soon as possible, so we can share our wonderful work with you all!

For those of you who can come along to the Edgar Centre tomorrow to watch and support us - we can't wait to see you there tomorrow!

Our Amazing Kapa Haka Group Perform for Wakari Kindy!

Yesterday our wonderful Kapa Haka group performed for the whole school, as well as the Wakari Kindy students.  Our Kapa Haka group did an AMAZING job - tu meke!

Have a look at the clips below to see two of their songs!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Our Polyfest Performance Date for 2016

We have received the performance timetable from the orgainisers at the Otago Māori and Pacific Island Festival.  Our Wakari Kapa Haka group will be performing on Thursday 15th September, in the 12.30 - 1.30pm bracket.  We are in the middle of this bracket, but the festival may be running early or running late, so the orgainisers advice parents, family and friends who would like to attend to try and come early if they can so they don't miss out.  You will be able to watch all the other fabulous Dunedin schools performing that day too!

We really hope you will be able to come along and support us!  10 Sleeps to go!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

E Minaka Ana Practice....

Today we had a great session ironing out the moves and words to E Minaka Ana, the talented Kapa Haka team could do the song and moves without anyone up the front to lead, or any words up!! Tū meke koutou! (Awesome!) 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ōtākou E Practice

At our Kapa Haka session yesterday, we worked on our new song "Ōtākou E" (Otago).  We have four senior girls who are our callers for this song.  Our callers and Miss Robinson helped us start to learn this song, we did pretty well for our first time with this song!  Click on the two clips below to check out our progress!

If you would like to sing along, keep scrolling down because the words to the song are just below the two clips! Kia kaha koutou! 

(Leader) tākou e!!
(All) Te karanga e te iwi e
Kua eke mai nei
Kua eke mai nei ki runga te marae e

Mauria mai ra
Mauria mai ra e ngā mate o te motu e
Me nga tini roimata
Me ngā tini roimata e maringi whanui e

(Tāne) Titiro e ngā iwi
Titiro e ngā iwi e ngā mahi o te motu
E hora atu nei e

(Tāne) Rū ana te whenua
Rū ana te whenua, whatiwhati te moana

Aue te aroha
Aue te aroha te mamae i au e.

(Tāne) Rū ana te whenua whatiwhati

English Translation:
Our tribe is calling to the people
who have just set foot on this marae

Bring with you memories of all our dead
and so many tears spilling forth nation-wide

Look at our people working across the land
spread out far and wide

The ground is shaking, the sea is quivering

Oh, the love and pain within me
The ground shake and quivers, yeah!

Monday, July 11, 2016

E Minaka Ana Moves!

Some of our Tikanga Wakari students stayed back after our Kapa Haka session last Friday to demonstrate the moves on camera for the rest of our group to practise during the holidays if they get the chance.  Ka rawe tōu mahi koutou! (Great work!)

The total Sasa!

On Friday the Tikanga Wakari team practised the our Sasa all the way through, they did really well!  Have a look at this link to see their wonderful work (and perhaps to practise your moves!)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Introducing a new song....Ōtākou E!

Last Friday at our Kapa Haka session, Miss Robinson and a group of senior girls introduced a new song to us, called Ōtākou E. (Sometimes also called Te iwi e).

The girls and Miss Robinson have recorded the song, so that the whole Kapa Haka group can listen to it and start to learn the words and the tune of the song.  Click on the link below to  hear their beautiful singing!

Ōtākou E

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Our Sasa is taking shape!

At our last Kapa Haka session we really worked hard at our Sasa, we focused on getting our timing accurate - click on the clip below to see how well we are doing!

It was also our Animal Day, so that is why many of us are dressed as adorable animals!! (Some of our senior team children are part of the 'Caring for Animals Group' and wanted to raise money for the SPCA by having a fundraising day with children dressing up - see the latest newsletter for details on how they did!)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Juniors bonus Sasa session with Paul!

Today the Junior Syndicate had a bonus Sasa session with Paul.  For many of the Junior team, this is the first Sasa they have ever learned.  Watch the clip below to see how great their timing is.  Super work Junior team!!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sasa Sneak Preview!

On Friday at lunchtime two of our senior team - Lara and Aliyah, practised some of the new elements for our Sasa.  Click on the video below to have a look!

E Ha Ka Ma Practice

Every Kapa Haka session the Tikanga Wakari group get their tongues ready for singing in different languages, and warm up their vocal chords with E Ha Ka Ma.  We have two fabulous senior team leaders Alyssa and Kate, who lead this song for us.  This is a clip of the team singing E Ha Ka Ma, enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2016

E Minaka Ana

The enthusiastic Kapa Haka team have been learning a new song called "E Minaka Ana".  It is a waiata ā-ringa (action song), and has a very catchy tune!  Yesterday was our first time to practise all the moves in the song, (before yesterday we had only looked at the moves to the first section).  Have a look at how amazing the team did for their very first time!  

Sasa Practice!

Paul Tupai has been teaching us a new Sasa for 2016, and we have been working hard to learn the moves!  Yesterday John (JJ) and Mariah helped us practise one part of the Sasa which many of us are finding tricky!  JJ and Mariah slowed the moves down to make it easier for us to practise,  have a look at the video and practise your moves!
Remember, we always start our actions to the left :)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Last Year's Performance at Ployfest

If you would like to see the Tikanga Wakari performance at the Otago Māori and Pacific Island Festival in 2015, please click the link below.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Poi practice!

Our Kapa Haka group have been learning a beginner's poi song, we have been doing well with the words and this week we are going to use poi alongside our singing!

E rere taku poi,                   Fly my poi,
E rere taku poi                    Fly my poi
Ki ruka, ki ruka.                  Upwards, upwards
 E rere taku poi,                   Fly my poi,
E rere taku poi                   Fly my poi
Ki raro, ki raro.                   Downwards, downwards
E rere ruka,                        Fly up,
E rere raro,                         Fly down,
E rere roto,                         Fly in,
E rere waho.                       Fly out.
E rere taku poi,                  Fly my poi,
E rere taku poi                    Fly my poi

Ki ruka, ki ruka.              Upwards, upwards

A Ha Ka Ma...

We have been learning this Māori alphabet song as a warm up to our Kapa Haka sessions - to get our mouths ready for some beautiful singing!

The red parts show our caller's lines, and the black part shows what everyone sings together.

A ha ka ma

A ha ka ma na pa ra ta wa nga wha

E he ke me
E he ke me ne pe re te we nge whe

I hi ki mi
I hi ki mi ni pi ri ti wi ngi whi

O ho ko mo
O ho ko mo no po ro to wo ngo who



U hu ku mu
U hu ku mu nu pu ru tu wu ngu whu.