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Kaupapa maori

Turanganui Schools Maori Cultural Festival came to a close yesterday after thousands of children from across Tairawhiti took centre stage to show off their waiata and haka skills. The week-long festival featured kapa haka groups from early childcare centres, kohanga reo and kindergartens through to secondary school. Meanwhile the Tamararo 2020 two-day kapa haka festival started today at Te Poho o Rawiri Marae. Performances started at 9am today after a whakatau and karakia. The event will be livestreamed and covered by Maori Television. Entry is by koha.

TE KOHANGA REO O KIMIHIA TE KUPU: The kids from Kimihia Te Kupu look gorgeous in their Maori costumes as they wave poi. Picture by Paul Rickard
PUKANA: A Gisborne Montessori youngster strikes a fearsome pose at the Turanganui Schools Maori Cultural Festival. Picture by Paul Rickard
NGA URI A MAUI: Giving it their all at the Turanganui Schools Maori Cultural Festival are these youngsters from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri A Maui. Picture by Paul Rickard