Topics: Kapa Haka, Kura Tuarua

Te Kura Wiwini, Te Kura Wawana - Te Rōpū Rangatahi o Rītana

By Te Kāea

Te Rōpū Rangatahi o Rītana comprised of Lytton High School students represents the host rohe of Te Tairāwhiti, and this is the seventh time they have performed at the nationals.

The kapa was established in 1975 by Rachel Huriwai, Huri Callaghan, Joe Waretini, Muriwai Ihakara, Dave Para and Anaru Paenga in response to the changing demographic of Lytton High School. 

Since inception, this group has played a major part in the cultural identity of both the kura and rohe with the on-going support from whānau, friends and members of the rōpū.

The kapa is tutored by John and Arihia Poi and leading the team on stage is their kaitātaki wahine, Waimirirangi Pewhairangi and kaitātaki tāne, Moeau Stewart.

Here is their waiata tira which pays tribute to the group’s loved ones who have passed.

They would also like to dedicate this performance to ex-student of Lytton High, Keriana Whati, an inspirational role model for many.