Queenstown kids warm up for Maori festival

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Queenstown Primary got a taste of kapa haka today. 

About 30 pupils in the school’s Tahuna Te Ahi performance group primed their vocal chords and practised poi in front of their peers, ahead of the Putangitangi festival in Invercargill on Friday. 

Students – in years three to five – are heading south to debut at the popular Maori culture showcase. 

This year the kids will be on stage in the supporting category, but next year teacher and kapa haka coordinator Victoria Lawson hopes the group will compete at the event. 

“It’s so good for them to see some really good examples of kapa haka,” Lawson says. 

Youngster Isabella Jack, 9, is looking forward to viewing the skills of different schools. 

“I’m excited to see what other techniques they have,” the songbird says.