Wednesday November 2, 2016
Local schools perform at Te Papa By Emma McAuliffe
Two local schools had the opportunity to perform at Te Papa last week. Wainuiomata Primar y and Fernlea School performed at Te Papa last Friday as part of “Kids’ Kapa Haka” performance. The free performance saw the children perform to over fi fty people in the museum’s marae. The event, which was organised by local woman Louana Freuan, featured the schools and two kindergartens performing well known Maori songs and Haka. Louana said she had the idea after wishing to see the children able to perform their Kapa Haka. “Kapa Haka is all about performing, not just performing in the shower or a small room but about performing for a crowd,” she said. Louana said she approached Te Papa because she used to work there and appreciated the “genuine and authentic” feeling of the space. Louana, who teaches at Wainuiomata Primary School and Fernlea School, said Wainuioma-
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ta Primary School had busked in the Wainuiomata Shopping Centre earlier in the year to raise the funds needed to bus into Te Papa. “We made $760 which was enough to get three buses into town,” she said.
Louana said she thought it was important the children had the opportunity to perform and was glad they were able to do so. “It was amazing the kids got to perform to such a big crowd. That feeling for them is what’s most important,” she said.
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A local Young Enterprise group picked up two awards at a regional competition last week. Prestige Men’s Products, made up of Wainuiomata High School students Tanara Haenga, Joseph Tunopopo, Kashaya Collier, Sheldon Brown and Nikeel Kumar, came second in the 2016 Wellington Regional Young Enterprise Scheme awards for Lower Hutt at a special ceremony held last Thursday. Prestige Men’s Products, who
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Hutt Valley Chris Bishop congratulated the successful companies. “It was a real privilege to … see the Hutt so ably represented and do so well. The competition this year was bigger and better than ever, so big that the Hutt had its own region.” “Well done to everyone involved in a Young Enterprise company this year. It’s a great programme and I’m sure everyone learned a huge amount over the course of the year.”
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Published on Nov 2, 2016