After a ten year break, Te Kapa Haka o Piringākau from Waiheke High School are back. 

Pouako Te Aomarama Hau says their return to Polyfest is a result of foresight and planning from the students last year. 

"I tērā tau i kī mai rātou, ‘whaea kua tū tātou i te ahurea, me tū tātou ki Polyfest hei te tau e heke mai nei’. Koinā te wero i hikina rātou te toki, kei konei tātou." 

Heather Girvan of Ngāti Pūkenga and Scottish descent led the kapa at Polyfest. She says kapa haka is a way for her to connect to her taha Māori. 

"For me personally I do kapa haka just to bring the Māori background for my family because you don’t see much of that at our school or on our island." 

The kapa wanted to represent their island home on the stage. They hope that future generations of Te Kapa Haka o Piringākau will continue to improve at the craft. Girvan says it is important to maintain traditions and hopes that they will return to Polyfest next year. 

"I just really don’t want to throw that tradition away from me so that’s my goal for kapa haka to bring that back into my life. So i really do hope we get to see next year." 

Te Aomarama Hau says the only entry requirement to make the team is to be passionate about kapa haka. 

"Ki a au ko te ngākau te ao Māori ki ēnei o ngā tauira, Pākehā mai, Hainamana mai ngā mea katoa mēnā kei ā rātou te hiahia, te hiakai te ako i ā tātou mahi, karawhiua!" 

The kapa has ambitions to ensure that they continue to come to Polyfest for the next decade.

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