Turakina Ngā Hara of Turakina Māori Girls College from Manawatu has overcome some major challenges to make it on stage this year.
The group’s bus carrying 40 people crashed on the way to the competition and 12 people were taken to hospital, however despite the shaky start, the girls have proven their ability to focus on the task at hand and took to the stage with force.
The tutors of the group Virginia Maxwell, Jillian Butler and Raina Atama Adams believe their team has fulfilled the values behind the establishment of the group which are Mana Wairua, Mana Māori, Mana Wahine and Mana Mātauranga.
Established in 1905 for the education of young Māori women, Turakina Māori Girls College has a proud history of ensuring that all those who attend the school are given every opportunity to achieve at the highest level.
Their bracket today acknowledges the people of Te Tai Tokerau, Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu and the many tribes and hapū throughout the motu. The group’s haka challenges "Hone Kī" about the foreshore and seabed and the Govt's allowance of oil exploration on the Eastern coasts of Aotearoa.
The group is led this year by Te Raukura Irihapeti-Martin.
Here is the poi which empowers the mana of Turakina as a school, and its students who proved they are determined and strong-willed.