20th anniversary of Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga

Now in its 20th year, Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga Mō Ngā Kura Tuarua o Tāmaki Makaurau will be hosted by Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae on Saturday 15 October. 

Since the festival's inception, its purpose has been to maintain the independence of kapa haka in the Auckland region. 

11 schools took part in the event in its first year in 1996. The competition has since developed and people of all ages can appreciate Māori culture, kai and kapa haka in a unique whānau-orientated way.

Every second year, schools compete to qualify for the National Secondary Schools' Kapa Haka competition. However, this year is not a qualifying event.

A pōhiri is being held today at 12pm at the Ngā Tapuwae Community Centre, where taonga won by teams will be returned to the competition.

Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae’s Parent Entity, Te Huarahi Hou, have also organised tamariki rides and kai stalls for whānau coming to support the kaupapa.