Ngā Wāhine Tawhito o Turakina to perform haka outside Parliament

Turakina supporters, MPs and former students will perform a ‘flash mob’ haka outside Parliament in a bid to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements of the Māori Girls College.

The event organised by the group Ngā Wāhine Tawhito o Turakina has been dubbed “Maranga Mai Turakina” and follows the announcement from the Ministry of Education that it was consulting on a proposal to close the 110-year-old boarding school in Marton.

According to Education Review Office reports, in recent years the roll of the school has dropped dramatically and the school has faced a number of financial difficulties.

Those involved in the event are expected to travel to Parliament for the event on the 10th of September to perform the women’s haka ‘Ka Panapana.’

According to the President of Ngā Wāhine Tawhito o Turakina, Hemaima Eichstaedt, “We strongly recommend that the Ministry of Education defer any final decision on the future of Turakina until a meeting has been convened with our organisation, which brings together alumni from Auckland, Rotorua, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and other cities. We hope to discuss our solutions and strategies to reinvigorate Turakina and keep it open for another 110 years."

The group says a celebrity guest will co-present a collation of submissions to Education Minister Hekia Parata as part of the event.

"Plans are afoot to save Turakina Girls' College from closure and we hope to show the Minister that the school has a great support base. We also wish to pay tribute to her and other MPs who we are inviting to join our flash haka event," added Mrs Eichstaedt.

The "flash haka" is being filmed as part of the schools Maranga Mai Turakina social media campaign.