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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
21 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 2011 EDUCATION Rousing kapa haka from students By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Future All Black? Travis Langford from Fergusson Intermediate. Uplifting delivery: Fergusson Intermediate girls, from left, Nimue Petterson-Robati, Alana Thompson, Michaela Billington, Lavinia Mafi-Kupenga and Erika Cada. Photos: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Quiet camaraderie: Maddison Eady and Paige Dowd from Oxford Crescent School enjoy their group's performance. Crowd pleaser: Oxford Crescent's Miles Greville, centre, ends his haka, watched by Jamie Hodges, left, and Gage Wilson. Sea of emerald: St Brendan's girls perform a traditional stick game. Ella Banks, left, Lynette Sosefo, Isobel Jones and Ashlee Wilkinson. Colourful costumes and top talent from local kapa haka groups were on show in Upper Hutt last Tuesday. Hosted by Silverstream School but held at Maidstone Intermedi- ate's large hall, cultural groups from 12 schools involving about 600 children took part in the Upper Hutt Cultural Festival first held last year in honour of the late Willie Wilson. Invitations were sent to all Upper Hutt schools. However no colleges were able to attend. The festival was postponed from the previous Thursday because of snow. It began with an outdoor powhiri attended by kaumatua and other representatives from Orongomai Marae. Groups performed to a packed hall of performers, staff and parents. St Brendan's pupils, in new emerald green costumes based on the school's colour, proved especially popular with the audi- ence. About 30 pupils aged from five to 12 had taken part in workshops out of school hours to practice. There was an impromptu break dance by Constables Louis Dia- mond and Nick Banks, who both had children in the event. Pinehaven School presented a play about matariki and there were also some Pacifica items. Silverstream School principal Mary Ely said in future the festi- val might be held earlier in the year to make it easier for colleges to take part. R R R if i L 4 eek Pet ne te ept ertif te in rpentry L if i El i l d L2 rtif tin Tiling L2 if iPT d L2 Bl kl i L 5 eek Pet ne vem er if iPl bi L 5 eek Pet ne vem er ertif te inLnd pe i L eek Pet ne vem er
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