Ngawai hono i te po Paki : Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Ngawai hono i te po Paki

Māori Performing Arts

Ngawai Paki has been performing kapa haka since she was only four years old. With a rich family heritage in kapa haka going back at least 50 years, she is following in the footsteps of her elders. The former Head Girl of Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga thrives on competition. Her school kapa haka team won the national secondary school competition Te Kura Wiwini, Te Kura Wawana in 2014 and as kaitātaki wahine (female leader) she came third. This drive is what she hopes will help her to achieve her ultimate goal of being part of a winning team at Te Matatini – New Zealand’s national kapa haka competition – having had a taste in 2013 when she was invited to join her tutors on stage in the senior competition. She’s also attended the 2014 World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education as the student representative. Ngawai is open to what the future holds, as long as sharing the passion she has for her culture is a part of it.


Tutor of a primary School Kapa Haka Champions - 13/11/2015

The "Te Mana Kuratahi Kapa Haka Competition" is a biannual event, 4 days long that was held in Palmerston North this year.
Top primary school kapa haka teams from all regions across New Zealand would gather to compete for the overall aggregate trophy.

I was privilege enough to be one of four tutors who trained a back to back winning Kapa Haka team.

There are 7 disciplines to a kapa haka bracket.

Waiata Tira - 1st place
Whakaeke - 1st place
Moteatea - 1st place
Poi - 1st place
Waiata a Ringa - 1st place
Haka -
Whakawatea - 2nd equal
Te Reo - 2nd place

Overall Trophy- 1st place for the second time in a row

Mataatua Regionals Winners - 17/04/2016

Event name: Mataatua Regionals

Location: Tekau Eka Ruatoki

22 teams took the stage in battle for 6 placings to attend the biannual Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Competition.
It was my first time performing for Ōpōtiki Mai Tawhiti and we where lucky enough to take 1st place in the competition.

Assistant Tuttor of the 3rd place Overall National Secondary School Kapa Haka Competition - 29/07/2016

The  2016 National Secondary School Kapa Haka Competition (Te Haaro o Te Kaahu) was held in Hastings this year Pettigrew Arena.

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