Ōraka-Aparima kapa haka practising at Takutai o te Tīitīi Marae, Ōraka (Colac Bay) for the upcoming Te Atakura Festival
They won people’s hearts and the People’s Choice Award at last year’s Te Atakura. And Ōraka-Aparima kapa haka will be back this year, continuing their journey of cultural revitalisation and travelling to Christchurch for Te Atakura.
Last year’s announcement that Te Waipounamu would host Te Matatini 2015 was the motivation Ōraka-Aparima needed to start kapa haka. Their journey has also taught them about their whakapapa and language.
Te Atakura is the non-competitive Ngāi Tahu kapa haka festival, set up six years ago with the vision of replenishing marae with waiata and haka. The festival gives whānau the opportunity to take part in kapa haka in a supportive environment, wrapped in Ngāi Tahu reo and tikanga.
Check out the video on Ngāi Tahu TV
12 October 2013
Aurora Centre – Burnside High School
Cnr Greers Rd and Memorial Ave