Tuarua Kura Kapa Haka Nationals 2018 by Heidi Gibbons, Room 15

By Heidi Gibbons, Room 15 ….

Kia ora kotou katoa te whānau o Matipō School.

On 1st July-8th July Toby, Dad and I went to Te Papaioea. (Palmerston North). We went because Rutherford College got into the finals of the Tuarua Kura Kapa Haka Nationals 2018.

Te Kōtuku, the Rutherford College Kapa Haka rōpū, performed well because they worked as a team. My favorite part was the poi because it was very beautifully sung and everyone was in time. The Kaitātaki Tane and Wahine were really strong.

Rutherford came 33rd overall (but I think they should have been placed higher because they were great J.)

The week was also awesome because we did other stuff like :

  • We went to Te Whanganui -a -Tara (Wellington) and visited Te Papa.
  • The Rugby Musem.
  • Te Āpiti wind farm. (Big windmills for electricity)
  • Awapuni kura whakatau mihi for us.
  • Saw Mount Ruapehu and Huka Falls.
  • Saw Taupo bungy and saw some jumps.


I learnt a lot of things in te reo Maori & Maori culture. The most interesting thing I learnt was:

Once the New Zealand Government didn’t let anyone create Maori art but an Iwi called Rongowhakaata didn’t listen. Because they kept making art, the New Zealand Government confiscated their Whare Nui. In 2012 The Government apologised for what they did.


Ngā mihi nui ki Rutherford College, Matua Jeff and the whānau for letting Toby and me share such a wonderful experience with you!