Our tutor works with our groups every Thursday afternoon from 1pm, commencing with the juniors. Matua Lewis teaches the children waiata, haka and poi. They learn karakia and many aspects of Tikanga Maori. In 2016 our senior group consists of 31 children from Year 5 to Year 8 and our junior group has 50 keen children from New Entrants to Year 4.
Our groups perform throughout the year, at assemblies/liturgies/school events, at local Rest Homes and Taranaki wide festivals. The biggest Festival the senior group prepares for is Te Huihuinga o Nga Tatarakihi which is held annually in August hosted alternatively by New Plymouth and Hawera schools. In 2016 the Festival was held in Hawera and over 800 children performed on stage throughout the day as 29 groups performed. Overall winners in the Competition section qualify for the following years’ National Competition. Nearer the end of the year our senior group also performs at ‘Puanga’ a festival held in Waitara every year. In 2015 our children were invited to perform at the Council run event “Summer Sounds in the Park” and later in the year they joined the ‘Hawera Christmas Parade’ in a “walking” waka which was made by the children and they achieved a creditable 3rd place.
At the beginning of every year all children have the opportunity to join our Kapahaka groups.
Throughout February they can attend and then make a decision to commit to the group for the whole year with a consent form signed by a parent/caregiver.
As 5 year olds begin school during the year, they too can join if they wish.