Haka At Torpedo Bay Stirs Tourists And Locals Alike

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 | 2 Comments

Devonport Primary teachers and parents have a lot to be proud of, after the Speculator had two warming experiences with their kids on RWC’s opening day. The first was with them on the beach clean-up on Torpedo Bay (see other story). The other was witnessing their Kapa Haka group’s performance outside the Naval Museum in the afternoon.

A stunning performance by the school’s group had local parents and tourists alike in raptures. In front of a beautiful view of the shore and under a sky decorated with a long white cloud, the kids put on a passionate and well-rehearsed show that lasted about 20 minutes.

The haka itself is one specifically written for the school, and makes reference to historical events and geographical features of the area.

The Speculator recently read the comments of a national sports journalist, who stated how fortunate we Kiwis were to have the dignified and meaningful rituals of Maori culture to employ at events such as the RWC. Seeing these young (mainly Pakeha) kids performing their own haka made this comment all the more salient.


  1. GB says:

    Great that it stirred up the colonials! 🙂
    Kia Kaha!

  2. lulu says:

    Kia ora koutou katoa
    Great performance from the Devonport Primary Kapa Haka group- as usual- spectacular photos. Totally agree with everything you’ve said- just wondering- who is their teacher for Kapa Haka- this very important detail is missing? Why? Cheers.

    Good question Lulu, and another journalistic oversight by The Specu-twit. The teacher on lead and rhythm guitar is Andy Brown and the parent on Cry Control is Toni Rewiri. Well done to both; an excellent performance from the group! – Ed

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