Waimea College


Our kapahaka tutors are provided through the Kapahikitia Trust, which ensures highly skilled, specialist teachers dedicated to supporting schools.

Thanks especially to Tihi and Te Huaki Puanaki, and to Latoya Graham who organise our programme.

Thanks to our sponsors who have helped us purchase kapahaka uniforms:

  • Rata Foundation $3000
  • Foodstuffs $2000
  • The Hornby Working Men’s Club $500
  • The Riccarton Rotary Youth Committee $1000
  • The Riccarton Rotary Youth Trust $500


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  • Supercheap Auto 394 Blenheim Rd
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools
  • ToyWorld Tower Junction

Kapahaka 2017

Kapahaka in 2017 started off with huge numbers and enthusiasm that carried throughout the year.

A Regional Kapahaka Competition would be taking place in October so there was a lot to do.

The main goals were to learn, practice and polish material for a haka powhiri (the performance done to welcome people into the school) and the regional competition bracket. Hard work and commitment to the group were established early with weekend and after school practices on top of the weekly period 5 practice time on Wednesdays.

Also for the first time at Riccarton, there were several weekend wananga (sleepovers) held at the school so the group could have even more practice time.

The regional competition bracket consisted of a waiata tira (song), whakaeke (entrance item), mōteatea (traditional chant), poi, waiata a ringa (action song), haka and whakawātea (exit item).

As these all had different aspects of performance to them, some people in the group were strong in one area but not in another and so throughout the year, members supported each other to help bring everyone up to a performance level.

For many Kapahaka group members, it was their first time performing at a regional competition and so there was a lot of excitement and nervousness within the group.

With a bigger Kapahaka group than there has previously been at Riccarton, a lot of fundraising was done with huge support from parents to get new Kapahaka uniforms for the regional competition.

These were worn with much pride at the competition and Te Kapa o Pūtaringamotu (Riccarton) finished 6th overall.

Everyone was immensely proud of their efforts and saw that their hard work had paid off. 2017 was a great year for the Kapahaka group at Riccarton. Many thanks especially to the parents (Bridget, Aroha, Christina, Tracey) to Matua, Whaea Heald, Whaea Jacques, Ms Blake, and the Kapahaka tutors (Latoya, Tyson and Te Hauaki) who supported the group, helped with fundraising, sewed costumes, stayed overnight, prepared and served kai. Your dedication has lifted our Kapahaka to new heights.

Melanie Aitken

Kapahaka timetable

The Kapahaka meet every Wednesday afternoon, period 5 (from 1:40pm to 2:30pm), in the hall.

Extra meetings are necessary as we approach the regionals and will be advertised here.

What’s happening with our kapahaka?

This year we are preparing for the regional competition, and planning the wananga we need to stand strongly.

New members are always welcome, and may express their interest to Matua Mike at school, or simply turn up to the Wednesday, period 5 practices and add their name to the roll.

Wananga dates:

  • Friday 1st Saturday 2nd  September, 12 – 4pm
  • Saturday 16 Sept 12-4pm
  • Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October Days only
  • Friday 20, Saturday 21 October noho