Kapa haka entertains at Peeni Wynyard memorial challenge

By Raniera Harrison
  • Northland

Amongst the many sporting talents of the Peeni Wynyard memorial challenge in Waikare,  the competition found time to entertain the crowds with kapa haka.

The challenge first began last year and was an incentive to bring together the descendants of Peeni Wynyard, who all affiliate to the marae of Mōtatau, Te Tarawa and other surrounding areas in Waikare.

The performances might not have been as fierce as the as the rugby and the netball but the spirit of competition was still alive.

“To tell you the truth, we’ve only just started practising, but those who could commit are behind me, they’ve been practising’ says Keelan O'Hagne from te Kapotai.

Even though the competition is about strengthen ties, its hard to deny peoples natural instinct to win.

"There is a competition between us. All with good intentions but that's what makes us Māori, if there is a competition going on, we do all we can to win" say Ngāpuhi descendant Dion Prime.

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