Young children sat entranced at the sight of Bethlehem School’s Kapa Haka rumati group as they performed in Tauranga city today to celebrate Matariki – the Maori New Year.
More than 40 pupils aged between seven and 10-years-old performed to crowds of people including young children from Porse childcare outside the Tauranga City Council offices on Willow Street.
Students from Bethlehem School perform Kapa Haka outside Tauranga City Council.
The students performed a total of six songs including a tribute to Matariki and a song in honour of former council chief executive officer Ken Paterson who passed away on Sunday evening.
Kapa Haka tutor Takiri Reweti says students rehearse two to three hours a week and are training to enter a competition at the end of term three.
The performance was heard throughout the inner city streets and attracted people from nearby businesses.
Mayor Stuart Crosby also came to view the performance.