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Final message for 2018

It’s been an absolute pleasure to lead the Kapa Haka group this year. 
Thank you to all of our families who have committed to bringing your tamariki along early each Wednesday so that they can learn kapa haka, even though at times I imagine it can be difficult.   This year has taught me that those who stay connected do incredible things and I hope you saw this too.
Thank you also to the parents, caregivers and teachers who provide ideas, opportunities, expertise, sponsorship and support.  Parents who cleaned and folded uniforms, learned to stamp moko on the kids, and those who jumped in to learn the waiata along with their children.   You have been integral to the continuation of kapa haka and I look forward to everyone's involvement next year.
In our final practice yesterday, we reflected on the learners that are leaving and how much we value what they have provided to our group. All of our leavers are special to us, with a particular mention to our departing leaders Carmen Adie…

A thank you note from Mātua Bryan for Saturday's performance

Thank you to all of the learners, parents and teachers who braved the wild weather to perform on behalf of our Kapa Haka rōpū for Stonefields School.

We were able to get around half of the learners to the performance, which is great considering we know people have other commitments on weekends.
Why our presence was so important  We do not often get these types of opportunities to engage with our local community so it was great to take advantage of it. Our group was one of the most diverse out of the schools involved and for us to perform so well was awesome to hear.

One of my proudest moments of the day, and only Mātua Jipsy and I were able to experience this, was when the group was in the wharenui practicing our set of songs and the sound was incredible in the small space. So much so, that passers by (including seasoned kapa haka performers) were drawn in to watch the learners perform and were pleasantly surprised that it was Stonefields School.
Special thanks to our parents For thos…

IMPORTANT NOTE re: Saturday - please read as some instructions have changed

Hi Everyone

Just a few days to go now - we have made some changes to the timings for Saturday to make it easier to get our tamariki dressed and ready.  Please read the below and get in touch in need.
We are now meeting at school (hub 5/6) at 11am.
Any parents who can help get our tamariki ready (clothes, hair feathers, moko) would be appreciated.  Parents of our tamahine (daughters), it would help if they had a pony tail or bun to put the feathers into, where possible.Parents will be responsible for taking their children's clothes with themPlease bring back any poi to school as soon as you can so we have enough for Saturday.
We will then go to the event at 11.45am and meet in the Glen Innes community centre.
Other than that, everything is as per previously advised.
Song List
Want to do some last minute practice?  The waiata we are singing are: Wairua TapuKumea Mai RaKapoipoiaToiaTika Tonu (haka)Kua Rongo Mai KoeTiaho Mai Ra All of these songs except Tiaho Mai Ra are on our waiata page …

Te Kōtuku Festival - Ruapotaka Marae, Glen Innes - Saturday 24 November

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Kia Ora everyone

We have the schedule for next Saturday's performance and here are the key things to remember.

The festival runs from 9am - 4pm and many of our local schools are participating.  This is a great opportunity for our tamariki to watch other schools' roopu (groups), understand a bit more about kapa haka and connect with our local community.

We need to meet at 11.55am at the Glen Innes Community Centre.  
Getting Ready

only our tutors are able to help the tamariki get ready - any extra help is provided by the festival organiserswhen we are dressed, we move to the marae and an official photograph will be taken.  Our tutors will bring your childrens' belongings to the maraewhānau can wait for the performance by the stage area - we are performing at 12.55pm, after Glen Innes Primary.
Other things to know
around the stage are plenty of activity stalls - it would be great to support this event if you are able to spend extra time either before or after the performancether…

Kia Ora 2018!

Hi Everyone and welcome to new learners and families of our Stonefields kapa haka.

We really value our families' support especially with helping our tamariki practice what we are learning at home when they can.

This blog will help you do this, with lyrics and audio / video files where available.

The waiata we are concentrating on at the moment are:

He Honore (our warmup himene)Toia (action song)E te Ariki (action song)Nga Manuhiri (welcome song)We have also been learning tī rakau and the waiata E Papa Waiari.
Click on the name of the waiata to see the lyrics.

If you have any questions, talk to our friendly tutors at kapa haka on Wednesdays.

Nga mihi
Stonefields kapa haka team.

2017 LAC kapa haka song lists

We are almost at the end of the year, which means it is time to get ready for our Learning Achievement Celebrations (LACs).

Our kapa haka is performing at both the junior and senior celebrations.  In general, the tamariki will only perform at their own celebration this year.

We have finalised the song lists and here they are:

Juniors

Wairua TapuE Te ArikiKua Rongo Mai Koe (poi)Haka

Seniors

Tiaho Mai RaKumea Mai RaKua Rongo Mai Koe (poi)Haka

We have put together audio recordings of all of the songs in the right order for the tamariki to practice at home:





Two updates to the blog

Kia Ora Everyone

Just to let you know we have added a couple of items to the blog this week:


a new greeting song 'waiata mihimihi'a video of our tutors performing Tika Tonu
Hope you enjoy!
Nga mihi The kapa haka committee