skip to main content
Site banner

 

HAKA PRACTICE: Taleah Falamoe enjoys a haka practice along with other Ōtaki College students in the school hall.

 

If you want to feel a sense of place – who you are and where you’ve come from – what better way than to perform a rousing haka.

That’s exactly what Ōtaki College was doing this week as it demonstrated OC pride with a haka specially written and choreographed for the college. It’s the first time the college has had a haka to call its own, and fitting that the most famous haka of all – Ka Mate – originated with the great chief Te Rauparaha in Ōtaki.

Called Ko Wai Rā, (see panel far right) the college haka was composed by arts teacher Te Tahi Takao. In constructing the appropriate words in a pepeha (motto or proverb), Te Tahi was mindful of the ancestors of Ōtaki and the need to encapsulate the many Māori values that are at the core of college life.

“Kids at Ōtaki College need to know who they are, where they come from and how they’re connected as tangata whenua to the land,” he says. “And that’s not just the ones who’ve grown up here. It applies equally to our international students.”

Ko Wai Rā references several events and people that have been key to Ōtaki’s development. They include the Tainui waka – one of the first seven waka from Hawaiki to arrive in Aotearoa – local iwi Ngāti Raukawa ki e Tonga, and another of Ōtaki’s great chiefs, Te Rauparaha’s nephew Te Rangihaeta (also in reference to the Māori name for the Tararua Ranges).

Students have been practising the haka during the past few weeks. This week – during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – they were to perform it in the four college house teams (Mataī, Tōtara, Kauri and Rimu), with house points awarded according to the performance.

The haka was traditionally used to prepare a war party for battle.

It was performed on the battlefield before engagement, or as the war party was leaving their own village.

In more recent times it’s used in kapa haka, for sports teams, to show support for colleagues or whānau and even at tangi.

Pride to fore as college gets own haka

 
 
 

Home page stories from December 2019

Over $1 millon goes to Ōtaki area state schools and kura in part of nationwide government infrastructure boost. READ MORE

Lucky break rescue for a family and their two boys, as local surf-lifesaver Pete Housiaux was out walking his dog. READ MORE

Fire chief Ian King pleased with the new fire trucks giving most modern response vehicles in New Zealand. READ MORE

Déjà and Kaylah McGee, part of the Kāpiti-based All Star Victory, unbeaten in 2019 competitions. READ MORE


Home page stories from November 2019

David and Helen Walshaw produce some of New Zealand’s finest olive oils. Now it time to find a new custodian. READ MORE

Key role of chair over strategy and operations goes to Ōtaki councillor on Kāpiti Coast District Council. READ MORE

Damien Doyle is a top performer in swimming and surf lifesaving and is Ōtaki College’s sportsperson of the year. READ MORE

Dux is the top annual academic award at Ōtaki College. At the 2019 senior prize-giving it went to Brian Van. READ MORE

 

+ Text Size -
Original generation time 1.6589 seconds. Cache Loaded in: 0.0171 seconds.