Yesterday, the Auckland Grammar School Kapa Haka group performed on the Maori Stage in the Division 3 Competitive Section, against 21 other Kapa Haka groups, at Polyfest 2017. The boys were quietly confident after eight eight weeks of training.
The volume of the group was strong throughout the performance, their actions were crisp and good harmonies were enjoyed by a responsive audience.
The boys can be very proud of their efforts, which saw them gain first placings in the Waiata Tira (choral section), kakahu (clothing section) and the Mau Rakau.
The group earned a second placing in the Haka and Whakawatea (exit section) and third placing in the Waiata-a-ringa (action song).
Senior Prefect N. K. T. R. Reti-Beazley was named the best leader in the division. This culminated as a most commendable result for the group, placing 4th overall, which has qualified them for Division Two next year.
The success of the group was attibuted to the outstanding services of the tutoring from Mr Kawana and Mr Lobb and the ongoing support of Mr Rehu. Thanks are also extended to the many parent helpers.
Maori Television were at Polyfest, filming each group's entry item, which then goes online for the community to vote for their favourite. Click here to watch the Kapa Haka group perform their Whakaeke.
The Kapa Haka group, led by Senior Prefect, N. K. T. R. Reti-Beazley (middle)
Form 7 students who performed at Polyfest for the last time with tutor Mr Kawana