Spirited Showdown for House Haka Waiata Contest

House rivalry intensified last month as students faced off in the fourth-annual Haka and Waiata competition. Foy, Hēni Pore and Browne battled to reign in Cluny’s overall lead, successfully reshuffling the House leaderboard ahead of 2024’s last major contest – Aquinas Day.

Cluny went into the event holding a 20-point lead from Foy and, as the first contestant, set the standard for the afternoon’s performances. Full House involvement and a guitar accompaniment for its waiata earned Cluny fourth place.

Foy was second to perform, delivering a strong and inclusive rendition that saw a Year 7 student lead its waiata. It was awarded second place for its high-energy effort. Browne House brought the passion by incorporating a choreographed opening that demonstrated the symbolism of a waka. It placed third. 

Hēni Pore triumphed with a robust haka and waiata performance that showcased the participation of all its members. Hēni and Browne were tied for third in the overall House rankings but Thursday’s win propels Hēni ahead. The new House leaderboard will be revealed in tomorrow’s Assembly. 

The Haka Waiata competition was judged by Brendon-Ray Horlock from Mount Maunganui College and Taha Tangitu-Huata from the University of Waikato. They shared their wisdom on what makes for a powerful haka and waiata; power, energy and passion. Students were judged on their Te Reo pronunciation, lively execution through expressions and actions, and overall House involvement. 

While announcing Hēni Pore as the champion, the judges said Aquinas College was the true winner given the display of talent, passion and joy throughout the performances.

The next battle for House points is Aquinas Day which will be held on Wednesday, August 28. 

Article by Aimee Muller