Te Ropu Kapa Haka O Hato Petera

(The St Peters Kapa Haka Group)

He hōnore ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama, “tihei mauri ora”.

Te tuatahi, ki to tātou Atua, māna te timatanga, māna te whakamutunga he hōnore ki a ia,
Turua, ki te Kīngi Māori, Kīngi Tuheitia paimarire ki a ia, kia ora te Kāhui Ariki whānui tonu. E ngā iwi, e ngā mana, e ngā mātao waka, e koro mā, e kui mā, ngā mātua, ngā whanau, koutou hoki ngā whanaunga, o ngā tamariki, mokopuna o te kura tuarua o Hato Petera, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Translated to English, this means:

To honour our world and the adorning light, “Hark, tis the breath of life”.  

Firstly, to God, the beginner of all things, the end of all things, we honour him. Secondly, to the Māori King, Kīngi Tuheitia, good will to him, acknowledgements to his family and to other royals. To the people, the prestige, to various waka, to our elders, our parents, our families, also our relations of the children, grandchildren of St Peter’s, Cambridge, we acknowledge you once, twice, three times.

Te rōpu kapa haka o Hato Petera (the St Peter’s cultural group) objectives are to support our school, church, faculties and staff in tikanga Māori (Māori traditions), ritenga Māori (Māori custom), powhiri (welcomes), whakatau (greeting), poroporoaki (farewell), and hāhi (church).

We have a repertoire of waiata (songs) and haka (physical actions) which we perform at school assemblies, events and local kapa haka performances.

The students of te rōpu kapa haka (the cultural group) enhance their learning by visiting local museums and landmarks. It is also intended for them to also attend Poukai (celebration for marae assigned to the Māori King movement), Koroneihana (Māori Kings Coronation), Tūrangawaewae (Ngāruawahia) rowing regatta and Kīngitanga (recognition of the Māori King movement) day at the University of Waikato.

We place importance on te rōpu kapa haka (the cultural group) maintaining tikanga Māori (Māori tradition) and ritenga Maori (Māori custom) by attending wānanga (a place of learning/University) and noho marae (marae live in) to not only practise and learn waiata (song) and haka (physical action) but to learn local history, stories, landmarks, names, etc.

We also support national events like Waitangi Day, Matariki (Constellation of stars/Māori New Year), Wiki o te reo Māori (Māori language week), the Polynesian festival and kapa haka whakataetae (cultural competitions).

Te rōpu kapa haka (The cultural group) have and will continue to participate in fundraising ventures to help with funding for their kapa haka kākahu (cultural uniforms). Fundraising is also to help with local, regional, national and international cultural trips and exchange.

Te rōpu kapa haka o Hato Petera (The St Peters cultural group) is open to any student who want to embrace these values within a kapa haka Māori (Māori cultural) environment (as outlined above), regardless of ethnicity or background.
New students will have the option to sign up when enrolling at St Peters.

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