Poi rule reviewed and changed

By Heeni Brown
  • North Island: West Coast

The Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua National Committee has issued new rules giving single sex schools the right to perform either poi or mau rākau and receive aggregate marks. This follows a meeting of the committee and its regional co-ordinators to review the rule changes made last month. 

An old rule has been removed and a new one will now take its place. Groups like Hāto Pāora can now do the poi as an aggregate item.

Willy Te Aho from the National Secondary Schools kapa haka committee says, “The committee has decided that all-boy schools can do the poi as an aggregate item.”

The new decision comes after Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua National Committee consulted more than 120 teachers and over 190 schools.

“As we know, there were some objections. So the committee decided to send the representatives back to their regions to discuss the new rules,” says Te Aho.

Hāto Pāora College directed their concerns to the national committee and the Human Rights Commission received a formal complaint. That resulted in the national committee undertaking a rule review.

“We put three proposals to them and we received three responses back. However, on Friday night, the national committee reached this decision,” says Te Aho.

The rules will be up for another review after the national competition in July.