Macleans College Kapa Haka Trip
On July 29th the Macleans College Kapa Haka rōpū/group set off for their annual marae trip.
In previous years the group stayed at the Te Rawhiti Marae, however, with an influx of new members this year, the group had to find a bigger marae. This year, the group travelled to Rotorua and stayed at Owhata Marae, home of the Māori legend figures Hinemoa and Tūtānekai.
The kaupapa (purpose) of the noho was whakawhanaungatanga (establishing/building relationships), manaakitanga (support and kindness) and, of course, mahi (work).
With the annual Koanga festival fast approaching, this trip was very timely as it gave the group some quality time to work on the current bracket of waiata and haka. Along with plenty of mahi, the group enjoyed a trip to the Polynesian Hot Pools, and the Blue Springs at Pūtaruru.
Many thanks to Braxton Anderson (Mansfield House) and Kaya Hauraki-Manukau (Kupe) who assisted with tutoring the students over the weekend.