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By DAVID HILL

Canterbury’s area schools came together to perform kapa haka last week.

Rangiora New Life School hosted the Canterbury Area Schools Association (CASA) kapa haka hui in its Gateway Stadium on Wednesday last week.

Deputy principal Ross Nicholson said there were more than 350 students participating, ranging in age from 5 to 18, with kapa haka groups from Akaroa, Oxford, Amuri and Cheviot Area Schools, Hurunui College and Rangiora New Life School.

He says it is an annual event. “It’s not a competition, but an opportunity for each kura to share their presentation with other kura.”

Mr Nicholson says the area schools have a close relationship through the annual kapa haka hui, the sporting event CASAFest, and through regular meetings between the principals and deputy principals.

“Parents are always welcome, but the event is planned around pupils observing pupils so they can encourage and learn from one another. And, as always, a shared kai during morning interval and lunchtime is a highlight.”