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.