The New Zealand Defence Force team performing at the Rangitane Regional Kapa Haka competition in Palmerston North
May 28 2014
Linton Military Camp kapa haka group, Kairanga, won the Rangitane Regional Kapa Haka competition in Palmerston North on the weekend.
The group is made up of 21 women and 15 men from the New Zealand Defence Force and Ngati Tumatauenga (NZ Army) whanau. They prepared for six months for the competition, training at Linton Military Camp on weekends and every Monday night.
The team will be the first from the New Zealand Defence Force to represent at a national level at Otautahi Christchurch in 2015.
"Linton Camp as a community is very proud of this roopu. We are especially proud of the award that they received for their Waiata-a-Ringa which was dedicated to our fallen men and woman, a tremendous performance," said team support and Linton Military Camp operations manager Selwyn Ponga-Davis.
The second group Te Ope Kātua was the official New Zealand Defence Force team which, after receiving an invitation from competition organisers, stepped into an intensive training programme one month before the event.
The invited members came from Wellington, Auckland, Ohakea and Linton. They quickly put together a bracket of items to make a performance that reflected the team’s military background and paid respect to those who fought and died.
The group won three third place awards for original composition, their exit piece ‘the Ode’ and for their haka. They also received a special award for the best use of traditional musical instruments.
As this is a new trophy Te Ope Kātua will be the first name to be engraved on it.