Hato Pāora applauded for sticking to its "Pois"

By Taroi Black
  • North Island: East Coast

The all boy school team Hato Pāora received a standing ovation on day three at the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition in Napier. Their interest in performing the poi was one of the hottest topics this year and like many other teams this year, everything paid off. 

Today’s performance brought parents to tears after a stand-out performance by Hato Paora.

Proud Parent John Tamihere says, “Being a mother and father, it is very emotional so it's very touching that all of our people were very supportive and that's what it's all about.”

After six months of practise, it was their poi that captivated the audience today. The poi performance was even more significant because they were nearly stopped from performing it.

Group leader Ihaia Ropata says, “Yes it was quite the topic this year because they were trying to change the rules but our response was to show them how good we are at perfecting the poi. So I think our poi was the best so far.”

Hato Pāora teacher Hona Black added, “I was a little surprised that the boys did justice with that poi. Far out best experience ever. Now we can relax.”

After hours of practise and 30 minutes on stage, the students get to go home with their parents.