Te Kura Wiwini, Te Kura Wawana - Te Rourou Kura

By Te Ao Māori News

Te Rourou Kura combines an array of talent from a number of kura which include Nelson College, Nelson College for Girls, Nayland College, Waimea College, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tuia Te Mātangi and Motueka High School.

Te Rourou Kura originates from Whakatū in Te Tau Ihu o te Waka o Māui rohe and this is the 6th time they have competed on the National stage since its establishment in 2004.    

The name Te Rourou Kura was given to the group by Moeke Paaka who was teaching at Motueka High School at the time it was formed.

Since then the support has grown steadily and they are tutored as a whole by Te Whānau o Te Rourou Kura.

Led by their manukura wahine, Shalix Galiki, and manukura tāne, David deThierry, this year’s performance is dedicated to acknowledging two influential elders from Te Tau Ihu o te Waka o Māui, and includes a special mihi to the iwi of Tūranganui a Kiwa and Te Tairāwhiti.

Here is the waiata ā-ringa which honours Edna (Puanani) Hippolite who passed away last year.

She was a stalwart supporter of all kapa haka in Te Tau Ihu and of Te Rourou Kura, her tamariki and mokopuna are also performers and tutors of the kapa.