Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepou

Students at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepou, Tauranga, will be looking their best at the Te Mana Kuratahi Kapahaka – national primary schools kapahaka competition in Whangarei, when they wear their new kapahaka uniforms, funded by a Mazda Foundation grant.

The $8,250 grant will allow the school children to replace their current uniforms, which are over 30 years old, with new items from head to toe.

“The competition is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn responsibility and self pride by representing the school at a national level,” says Seilena Phillips-Edwards, Secretary of the Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepou Board of Trustees. “These new kapahaka uniforms and adornments will allow our tamariki to perform to the best of their abilities.”

The new kapahaka uniforms included: Heru, Mako and Bone Earrings, Ta Moko Templates, Maro, Tatua, Bodices and headbands for all students involved.

The Te Mana Kuratahi Kapahaka competition will run over four days in November this year, with over 30 schools competing.