Topics: Kapa Haka, Kura Tuarua

Te Kura Wiwini, Te Kura Wawana - Ōtaki Te Rāhui Kura

By Te Kāea

Ōtaki Te Rāhui Kura is made up of students from Te Kura ā Iwi o Whakatupuranga Ruamano and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito.

This is the sixth time the kapa has graced the national stage representing Ōtaki ki te Whanganui a Tara and Ngāti Raukawa.

Ōtaki Te Rāhui Kura was founded in 2002 by Awanuiarangi Black, Sandy Johnson, and Trist Rēweti.

The tutors this year are Tētahi Takao, Trist Rēweti, Bruce and Hara Taiapa, Whenua Patuwai, and Tānira Cooper.

The kaitātaki wahine is Shaela Taiapa and the kaitātaki tāne is Atawhai Raureti-Osbourne.

This kapa was established to unite the three Ōtaki colleges and use haka as a vehicle to help carry and portray the visions and dreams of students and families of the kura.

Here is their waiata ā-ringa, a tribute to Harina Raureti Cooper who passed away earlier this year.