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TE KAPA - HAKA O RĀWHITI

Ko Kupe te Tangata

Ko Matahaorua te Waka

 Ko Mātairangi te Maunga

Ko Te Whanganui ā-Tara te Moana

Ko Ākina Te Tii te Whare Māori

Ko Te Ātiawa ki Te Ūpoko o Te Ika te Iwi

Head Tutors : 2019-2020

  • Keta Kaiwai-Herbert : Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga ā-Hauiti, Mōrehu-Rātana
  • Pokau Te Ahuru : Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Ātiawa, Ngā Ruahinerangi

History: 

In the early 90’s Maryanne Shedlock (Ngāti Pōneke Leader)

Established a cultural performance group for the youth of Ngāti Pōneke who attended secondary colleges within the region of Wellington. 

This was the origin of Kapa-Haka within Ngā Taiohi o Te Rāwhiti. 

The kapa was made up of Māori students from Wellington East Girls College, Rongotai College, Wellington Girls & Wellington College, Newlands College.

In the Year 2000 Corrie Brooking (former HoD Māori at WEGC)

Created Ngā Taiohi o Te Rāwhiti as the official competitive kapa-haka of Wellington East Girls College and Rongotai College. Their first stand was at the Tū-Tangata Polynesian Festival in Wellington 2001.

Ngā Taiohi o Te Rāwhiti o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika

This Competitive Kapa-Haka is made up of 3 secondary schools from the Eastern Suburbs of Wellington - Harbour City.

  1. Wellington East Girls' College 
  2. Rongotai College 
  3. Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna

Fortunate to place Second overall at the Wellington Regionals in 2019 for the very first time, Ngā Taiohi o Te Rāwhiti will be qualifying at the 2020 Nationals in Auckland.

Kākahu : Traditional Garments 

The traditional design for Ngā Taiohi Garments were designed in the early 1990s by Maryanne Shedlock.

“Ka hinga kainga tahi, ka ora kainga rua”

This Whakataukī and kākahu design refers to all urban Māori who have parted their homes and found new beginnings in the city.

The centre represents the unification of ngā taiohi (youth), their identity and connection or whanaungatanga with others.

  • Black symbolises the creation of the universe. 
  • White symbolises ‘Te Ao Marama’ representing the importance of education and striving to reach one’s highest potential.  
  • Red symbolises te toto whakapapa or genealogical lines.