“It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our local talent to our members and international visitors and seeing their reaction was hugely humbling,” said Tara Iti general manager Matt Guzik. “Many were amazed not only by the beauty of the performance but also by the children’s strong passion and commitment.”
The show also involved an emotional and powerful impromptu performance by Tara Iti caddie Sean Brennan and his younger brother Liam, who is also part of the roopu (group). Sean used to be a member of MBS Kapa haka when he was younger.
School principal Aaron Kemp then closed the 30-minute act by reinforcing the importance of Kapa haka for the students and ‘it’s connection to their whakapapa (ancestry) and whenua (land)’. He went on to mention how it grounds the students and gives them a strong sense of belonging (whanaungatanga) where they can build strong, firm and lasting friendships
Eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater (pictured) was among the 100-plus members and guests that attended annual event. The children were equally thrilled to meet the surfing icon and made the most of a photo opportunity in the club garden.