2019 ROOPU REGISTRATIONS
To register your Roopu/Group for the 2015 Festival goto the Ngā Hau e Whā o Paparārangi website www.nhewop.org.nz.
The 2019 Festival will be held on 21 September at Newlands College.
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The 2014 Festival was held on 20 September at Newlands College and was hosted by Nga Hau e Wha o Papararangi. It was another awesome day that our rangatahi from the Northern Suburbs performed and again with heaps of passion. Big congrats to all who were involved ... performers, tutors, teachers, parents and supporters.
The St Brigids Kapa Haka festival was started by Matua Wayne Firmin back in 2001.
The festival was started so that our rangatahi from the Northern Suburbs had a bigger audience to perform to as opposed to performing just in front of their own schools. The festival has and always will be a festival which is not judged on the performance but on the love of performing, along with giving the opportunity for other cultures to see and experience the Maori culture.
The very first festival was held by St Brigids, hosted at Newlands College, the schools that performed that day was St Brigids, Raroa Intermediate, Newlands College, Onslow College, Cashmere School and Rewarewa School. It was expected that around 300 people may attend but over 700 people turned up, what great start.
This festival is now an annual event, and all those who attend have a abosolute blast, from the children performing to the parents, family and friends, and awesome friendships being made amongst all who attend.
Matua Eugene Ryder (From Raroa Normal Intermediate Kapa Haka) carved the "mauri" for the festival and it was presented to Matua Wayne Firmin, at the second festival in 2002 which was held by Raroa Normal Intermediate.
The mauri is in the form of a book, with the Cross on the front in recognition of St Brigids Catholic faith, it has two panels on the front which open out (as pages in a book would ) to reveal plaques on the inside of the Schools who have hosted this festival.