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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kapa Haka House Comps 2010

House Competitions this year kicked off with a tribute to Koro Morvin Simon and Kui Kura. With over 50 years of dedication to our kura it was only fitting for us to acknowledge his contributions as a student, former teacher and as tutor of the Senior A's and kaumatua of Hato Paora. Two songs were composed to honour him and his wife which were composed by Hona Black. We also took time to reflect on the passing of our great rangatira and only distinguised old boy to receive a knighthood Sir Archie Te Atawhai Taiaroa.

When the competition began the boys and girls in attendance were wildly anticipating the great singing, haka and choreography that would unfold before their very eyes. Leadership in the opinion of guest judge Watson Ohia was closely contested between Te Utanga and Te Rangiotu this year. There is a great number of very talented kapa haka performers amongst our boys who will be going on to perform at national and international level next year. Here are the results.

1. Ngāti Rongomatāne
2. Ngāti Tāwhirimātea
3. Ngāti Tangaroa

4. Ngāti Whiro

House Comps DVDs will be available to be purchased from the school at Prize giving $10.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hato Pāora 1st XV finally topple Te Aute.

After many years of fierce rivalry between the only two Māori boys boarding schools Hato Pāora 1st XV defeated Te Aute 1st XV 15 - 7 at Te Aute College today the 19th of June 2010. The teams seemed evenly matched with Hato Pāora leading 10- 7 at half time. Hato Pāora's two tries were scored by Vallance Katipa and Taylor Haimona-Young. Taylor also converted and kicked a penalty goal.

One thing that stood out to me during this game was Hato Pāora's defence and never give up spirit that held through to the end, keeping an endless onslaught from Te Aute at bay for the last 7 minutes of the game. When the final whistle was blown, hands were thrown in the air in celebration and joy. They had finally did it, toppling the unstoppable Te Aute 1st XV after many years (more than 10) of playing against them. Congratulations and now its time to catch up to Te Aute!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Badging of Kaiarahi 2010

The badging of Kaiarahi this year took place as per usual during the mass of the powhiri weekend. Hato Paora Head boy this year is Te Utanga Tautuhi and his Deputy, Justin-Leigh Manuel. They are supported by Uekaha Douglas, Te Rangiotu Pewhairangi, Taku Hall, Troy Brown and Tyronne Gardiner. Look forward to seeing whanau return for Athletics / Gala Day on the 6th of March.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New School Website / KnowledgeNET

E ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā rā koutou katoa.
Despite the lack of posts over the year, this blog is still going and I hope to get it back to where it was when I first started it 4 years ago, updating it weekly. Hato Paora has gone through a drop in roll and loss of staff but we are looking forward to the challenges ahead and the climb to overcoming them. We have a great bunch of new Kaiārahi that should guide the boys in the right direction.

Click on the school emblem in the right hand column to be directed to our new school website. While it is still being worked on it is a vast improvement to the old one. Kia ora, and lets look forward to new heights this year - 2010


This year you will also be using KnowledgeNET a new tool to help us in our learning. Check it out. Your username is your first initial then dot (.) followed by your surname. Your password is the same.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Last week I had the honour of accompanying a group of 15 boys and 5 staff to the National Nga Manu Korero Competition held at the Events Centre in Rotorua.We were very fortunate to stay at the Silver Oaks motel which had a heated pool, mini put and two bedroom suites.
On Tuesday 15th of September we travelled up on two vans and arrived just in time for the powhiri at 1pm. This was the second year in a row that Te Arawa had hosted this prestigious event and Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell put up the challenge that if other rohe didn't want to take on the responsibility that it should stay there forever. Luckily, Murihiku put their hands up and next year it will be held in Dunedin.We had dinner out that night at a Chinese restaurant where we ate around two large round tables.
Wednesday, it was crunch time and our two speakers Yohan and Te Utanga were 2nd up on the stage for prepared speeches. While they were getting prepped up with microphones and last minute rehearsals the rest of the crew were busy filming clips with Maori TV. In the end the boys gave it their best shot and the whanau were proud of them. That afternoon we returned back to the event for the impromptu section, where our Head boy Yohan Huria made an impressive statement following the topic 'Participation is whats important - Yeah right!'. Afterwards we went back to the motel to change into mufti then had McDonalds, and returned for the social. (Song of the night - 1814 - Jah Rastafari).
Thursday, the junior speakers took the stage. I managed to watch a few of them before we had fun up on the maunga travelling up the hillside on Gondolas and riding the luges. It was my first time up there and it was treat, especially with the grand view of lake Rotorua and the surrounding landscape. The night brought with it the prizegiving. It is always a spectacle to witness the mass haka tautoko that take place when certain taiohi of particular iwi or rohe are successful and their people salute them. We were proud of our fellow Manawatu/Horowhenua kura, Mana Tamariki's Parekaia Tapiata who came 3rd in the Junior English section.
When it came time for the impromptu section of the Senior English section we were overwhelmed with joy when Yohan took out 1st place. The boys erupted into haka. Hato Paora.... kia mau, kia ita........ Then shortly after he was placed 2nd overall in the Korimako section. All I could think of was wow, this boy deserved it. He was knocking himself all day because he had gone 1 second overtime losing 5points, oh well "e kore a muri e hokia"..... The last suprise came at the end of prizegiving and we were awarded the E tipu e rea taonga for highest English and Maori aggregate score or something or rather. We were very humbled to receive that trophy.
On a high and feeling like winners we celebrated that night with dinner at Breakers. There we had speeches of congratulations and thanks to Te Utanga and Yohan and all the staff and whanau for all their efforts. Friday morning, we headed home. Taihape, we stopped for KFC lunch then arrived back at kura at 2pm where we welcomed with haka powhiri and whakatau. All in all it was great trip. I had fun with the boys and shared with Alexei our German Latitude student all to do with our Maori culture which he experienced first hand and appreciated immensely. Thanks to our Tumuaki Whaea Debi, Koka Irene and Whaea Hera for making it successful trip. Kāti kei raro.