Topics: Kapa Haka, Kura Tuarua

Bus crash just out of Gisborne for school attending kapa haka nationals

By Heeni Brown
Wharerata Road, Bartletts - approx vicinity of bus crash / Source - Google Maps

13 people have been taken to Gisborne Hospital following a bus crash earlier this afternoon.

The Turakina Māori Girls' College bus was travelling from Marton to Gisborne for the Secondary Schools National Kapa Haka competition.

The bus crashed 30 minutes south of Gisborne on Wharerata Road near Bartletts Hill.

Our reporter Heeni Brown has spoken to the principal of the school, Terehia Channings, who was unable to make a public statement tonight.

What our reporter can reveal though is the huge amount of support for the school, including the likes of Hato Paora and Te Piringa schools helping to make sure the Turakina students and whānau affected, are being well taken care of.

There were no major injuries reported and at this point, it's likely Turakina Māori Girls' College haka group will perform on Tuesday as scheduled.

The week-long festival will officially start tomorrow with a pōhiri at Te Poho o te Rāwiri Marae in Gisborne, for the now 40 school groups competing for the national title.