Kapa Haka

THS Kapa Haka 2018 (Te Puna o Te Pito Mata)

What a year it has been for the THS Kapa Haka rōpū (Te Puna o Te Pito Mata).  Our goal was to compete at the Hauraki Cultural Festival again in 2018 as we had done in the previous year, and to improve on our performance and placing.  

With the festival being brought forward meant that practices went into overdrive, from twice a week to once a week and every weekend for six weeks.  Taiohi and tutors went into noho on a Friday at 6pm and were released on Sunday 3pm.  This was a huge commitment for taiohi, tutors and whānau to make, one that reaped the rewards at the other end.  As a result, THS Kapa rōpū placed 1st in the Hauraki Intermediate Section and 3rd in the Open Section


These are the items and each is marked individually out of 100 points


  1. Whakaeke       (1st)       97/100            Entrance
  2. Whaikōrero     (1st)       95/100            PJs Korero
  3. Mōteatea         (1st)       98/100             
  4. Waiata-Ā-ringa (1st)     98/100           Action Song
  5. Poi                   (1st)       97/100           Poi Song
  6. Haka                (1st)       95/100           Haka
  7. Te Reo             (1st)       95/100           Correct Pronunciation of the reo used throughout the bracket
  8. Whakawatea   (1st)       98/100            Exit song
  9. Waiata Tira     (1st)       97/100            Choral 
  10. Kākahu            (1st)       98/100            Dress
  11. Kaitātaki Tane (1st)      97/100             Peter Jack – Leadership
  12. Kaitātaki Wahine (1st)  100/100          Tahjonelle Kaitamaki-Topia – Leadership



Ngā Mihi




Whaea Maria Baird

TIC Kapa Haka Rōpū

Te Puna o Te Pito Mata















What a journey it has been for Thames High School Kapa Haka, that after many years of not performing in a Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competition finally took to the stage at the 45th Annual Hauraki Cultural Festival on Saturday 28 October 2017. Our Kaitātaki Tāne, Peter Jack McLean and Kaitātaki Wāhine Tahjonelle Kaitamaki-Topia lead the rangatahi with mana, beauty, and grace that resonated through the roopū, delivering an outstanding performance.  This resulted in them winning the Poi and Kakahu in the Hauraki Intermediate section.  A big mihi goes out to The late Koro Taimoana Turoa (Te Kupenga a Taramainuku- Moteatea), Matua Wati Ngamane (Whaikorero), Frank Thorne (Hotunui – Waiata-tira, E Tuku mihi ana – Poi, Te Hunga Mataitai – Haka), Prof. Korohere Ngapo (Taiahaha – Haka Whakaeke), Kelly Te Moananui (Ngā Karanga), Miranda Kini (Haka Whakawatea), Jenny Tumai, Bridget Pakinga (Ko koe ko au, Ko au ko koe – Waiata – a – ringa), who all composed items proudly used by the roopū. We are very blessed and grateful for their knowledge and support.


With this, the Kapa Haka roopū under the guidance of Kaiako mā, Whaea Jenny Tumai, Whaea Bridget Pakinga and Whaea Miranda Kini have been able to bring Kapa Haka within Thames High School to life.


“Our roopū is a collective whānau that strives for excellence in everything we do.  We come from Ngā Hau e whā o te Ao and have combined together as one to embrace and nurture all aspects of Te Ao Māori through Traditional Performing Arts.  With this vision, we endeavour to utilise what we have learned to inspire others”

As written by the 2017 whānau of Te Puna o te Pito Mata

 The Navy Blue and Gold represents the school colours with the gold also representing Ngā whetū o Hauraki.  The colours of the feathers on the female kākahu and the dress itself, represents the waves of Tikapakapa moana. The male brown feathers also representing Tikapakapa moana at its murkiest.


All the after school trainings, noho, late nights and early mornings have paid off.  Through this process they demonstrated commitment, responsibility, passion, dedication as well as perseverance and respect.  Rules and boundaries were set, with expectations and roles established.  They became a united group connected to each other creating that sense of belonging and being able to explore and be creative in a safe and secure environment.  Kapa Haka and Te Ao Māori at Thames High School has been revitalised and this is the start of a new and exciting journey, not only for the school but the community and Hauraki.  A huge mihi to our tumuaki Matua Dave Sim for his support and again to our kaiako Whaea Jenny, Whaea Bridget and Whaea Miranda for preparing our tauira for the stage and beyond, and to our whānau that were working hard in the background helping us keep our waka afloat.  


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini

My strength is not that of an individual, but that of the collective

-Māori Proverb

School Waiata


Whakataka te hau
This waiata can be used as a whakatauki (proverb), in whaikorero (speeches) or as a karakia (prayer).

Whakataka te hau ki te uru,
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga.   
Cease the winds from the west
Cease the winds from the south
Kia mākinakina ki uta, 
Kia mātaratara ki tai. 
Let the breeze blow over the land
Let the breeze blow over the ocean

E hī ake ana te atākura

He tio, he huka, he hau hū 

Tīhei mauri ora!

Let the red-tipped dawn come with a sharpened air. 
A touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day.


He Honere
This is a serious and beautiful himene (hymn) and, as such, should be sung with dignity and concentration.
This waiata can be used as a whakatauki (proverb), in whaikorero (speeches) or as a karakia (prayer).
“He honore” implies the idea of respect for other and for different cultures.

He honore he kororia
    Honour, glory
Maungarongo ki te whenua     Peace on earth
Whakaaro pai e    Goodwill
Ki ngā tangata katoa     To all peoples  
Ake ake, ake ake     For ever and ever, for ever and ever
Amine      Amen
Te Atua, te piringa     The Lord, the shelter  
Toku oranga      My existence