The Puna

Ka tūtaki tātau ki te whānau Ngā Puna o Waiōrea, tētahi o ngā akomanga rūmaki reo Māori teitei o te motu kei te Kāreti o Western Springs, Pokapū ō Tāmaki, e noho ana.

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The Puna videos

The Puna, 1 Ūpoko 1

We meet key staff and kapa haka tutors from Ngā Puna o Waiōrea, one of the country’s top total immersion Māori units based at Western Springs College in Central Auckland.

The Puna, 1 Ūpoko 2

The opportunity to travel to Poland to perform in a cultural festival but the toll on the students is evident as they juggle practices on top of school work, and fundraisers to get them to Europe.

The Puna, 1 Ūpoko 3

Students and staff continue to strive for excellence as they tackle the enormous workload before them less than a month out from their departure to Poland.

The Puna, 1 Ūpoko 4

Five days out from departure to Poland, the students are struggling with the workload to perform at the cultural festival while juggling assignments which are due before they leave to Europe.

The Puna, 1 Ūpoko 5

Centered around the tutors and whānau of Ngā Puna o Waiorea a total immersion unit within a mainstream school in central Auckland as they prepare to take their kapa to the world stage.

The Puna, 1 Ūpoko 6

The team have concerts in the riverside town of Vistula. But the workload of rehearsals and evening showcases takes a physical toll on the students as they prepare for the finale gala before an audience of excited locals.

The Puna, 1 Ūpoko 7

We head to Spain on route home to New Zealand for some much deserved down time. But a recent terror attack in Barcelona has everyone on edge.

The Puna, 1 Ūpoko 8

Ngā Puna o Waiōrea are at the end of a gruelling five weeks of preparation before their stand at Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga, one of Auckland’s Regional Secondary School Kapa Haka Competitions