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May 302014
 

Kuranui College is hosting the 2014 Wairarapa Secondary Schools Pasifika Week (more details here) and bookings are now open for the many activities that we’ll be running!

Choose an event: Pasifika EveningSecondary School Workshops   ~ Community Workshops

PASIFIKA EVENING

Pasifika Week Kuranui Poster

Thursday, 19 June, 7pm
Kuranui College Auditorium, East Street, Greytown, Wairarapa

Featuring:
Te Amo of the Polynesian Entertainers Ltd: Amo Ieriko, Tepaeru-Ariki French, Maile Giffin, Tepaeru-Ariki French and Natalie Toevai
Ura Tabu Pacific Dance Group: Charlene Tedrow, Maile Giffin, Natalie Toevai and Gloria Simi.
Hawaiian special guest Kumu Aulii Mitchell

Tickets:
$5 per person or $10 (family of 4-6: two adults and 4 children under 18 years)

For online tickets:
www.eventbrite.co.nz and search Wairarapa Pasifika Performance Evening

Group bookings available for groups of 10 and more.
For group bookings email: lewiss_kuranuicollege [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] nz

Line-Up:
Kuranui Korero 21 06 2013

  • Te Amo of Polynesian Entertainers Ltd performing items from Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti and fire knife dance from Samoa, known as Siva Afi Ailao.
  • From the Cook Islands a traditional chant, Reo Tupuna, by Henry Taripo-Henzart and Ura Pau (drum dance). Choreographed by Tepaeru-Ariki French.
  • Tepaeru-Ariki is of Cook Island decent from the island of Aitutaki. She is an emerging Pacific choreographer incorporating her traditional dance style in a contemporary stage set with her dance piece Pacific Muse. She is also a long-standing member of Anuanua Dance Troupe.
  • Minoi Minoi is a classic Samoan song made famous by a popular Samoan band in the 70s and 80s the FIVE STAR.
  • Choreographed by Charlene Tedrow who is of Samoa decent. Charlene is the Founder and Choreographer of New Zealand’s professional all-female Pacific dance company, Ura Tabu Pacific Dance.
  • Ura Tabu Pacific Dance will also be performing a segment of Spiritus Aitu, which premiered at TAPAC, Auckland in March 2014. Spiritus Aitu is in the process of its first New Zealand tour as well as appearing in Samoa for the Teuila Festival 2014. (Kuranui Dance Students are studying Spiritus Aitu as part of their Dance Repertoire for 2014.)
  • Kuranui College students: Kapa Haka group, music students performing original compositions, dance students performing a number of items from Samoa, Hawaii and New Zealand and art students showcasing their Hawaiian Bamboo Prints.

SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Ten workshops are available.

To register contact: Trudy Sears, Wairarapa REAP  schools [at] waireap [dot] org [dot] nz / 06 377 1379.

Amo Ieriko from Polynesian Entertainers brings Kuranui’s Pasifika Week to a fiery conclusion1. Samoan Drumming and Sasa
Samoan Sasa (pron.-sah ah) is a dance that depicts everyday activities, accompanied by percussion and vocals. The rhythmic technique of the Sasa lends itself well to participants of all abilities, making it very popular with schools. This dance uses a practical application of patterns and maths. Students can have input on the narrative of the dance relative to their environment. Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

2. Drumming (Traditional)
This workshop involves learning beats from various Pacific Islands, such as Samoa, Cook Islands and French Polynesia, using traditional drums from these islands. This is suitable for male and female students. Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

3. Samoan Fire Dancing (with practice sticks)
Traditional known as Siva Ailao, this is a celebratory dance by warriors after a victories battle. Students will practise juggling and spinning techniques specific to Samoan Fire Knife dancing. This is suitable for male and female students. Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

4. Tahitian Dance
Learning various hip movements and footwork for traditional Tahitian dance, this workshop will teach a choreographed Tahitian dance sequence. This is suitable for male and female students.
Female Tutor: Charlene Tedrow and Male Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

5. Samoan Siva
Learning various hip movements and footwork for traditional Samoan Siva dance, this workshop will teach a choreographed Siva dance sequence. This is suitable for male and female students. Female Tutor: Charlene Tedrow and Male Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

6. Haku Wili – Lei Making
In this workshop students will be exposed to Traditional Hawaiian lei making using native New Zealand plants. The lei plays a specific role worn as the adornments of the hula dancer. This is an excellent workshop for subjects in the arts, languages and technology. Tutor: Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell.

8. `Ohe Kāpala – Bamboo Printing
Hawaiian Art workshop. Students will learn to print using stamps made of bamboo. These prints are part of the traditional designs used in the traditional hula attire. This workshop is suitable for extending visual arts, technology, design and performing arts. Tutor: Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell.

9.Hawaiian Dance
Students will be learning traditional movements and footwork for the hula `ala`apapa, an ancient style of Hawaiian dance. In this workshop you will learn basic steps accompanied by the Hawaiian gourd drum. This is suitable for male and female students. Tutor: Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell.

10. Archaeology Talk
Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell is an archaeologist from Hawaii. Kumu will discuss his vocation as an archeologist and the field of archaeology. This workshop is suitable for science, history and the arts. Tutor: Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Saturday 22 June

For bookings email: lewiss_kuranuicollege [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] nz

Samoan Basic Dance Movements
Beginner Dance Classes
Tuesday 17 June
6pm-7.30pm
Kuranui College Auditorium, East Streeet, Greytown 5712
Cost: $15 (Walk-ins on the day: $20)

Samoan Basic Dance Movements
Advance Dance Classes – Taupou Siva Samoa
Wednesday 18 June
6pm-7.30pm
Kuranui College Auditorium, East Street, Greytown 5712
Cost: $15 (Walk-ins on the day is $20)

Tutor: Charlene Tedrow

Note: Both workshops $25.

Tahitian Dance
Saturday 22 June
Time tbc
Venue tbc
Cost: $15 (Walk-ins on the day: $20)

Tutor: Maile Giffin

May 272014
 

The Wairarapa Secondary Schools’ Pasifika Week is a regional community event that celebrates the cultural diversity of New Zealand.

Running from 16-22 June, the week provides an opportunity for young people to learn and experience all things Polynesian through a series of workshops focused on dance, art, drama, music and pacific food.

Kuranui College dance teacher Sharyne Lewis started Pasifika Week at the South Wairarapa college last year. Passionate about getting local youth involved in the arts and learning about cultural diversity, Sharyne has gained local support this year from Wairarapa Reap, South Wairarapa Rotary and Fresh Choice Greytown, and has expanded the event to include a number of other Wairarapa schools.

Kuranui Pasifika Week

Polynesian Entertainers Ltd is a significant partner and will be providing a series of workshops to students that cover Samoan Drumming, Sasa, Fire Dancing and Siva, and Tahitian Dance. Hawaiian tutor Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell, who is visiting from Hawaii, will teach Hawaiian Dance, Lei Making, Bamboo Printing and hold a talk on Hawaiian Archaeology.

“This year’s Pasifika Week has opened up into a regional integrated-learning programme for all secondary schools in the Wairarapa. This gives the region’s students an opportunity to participate in Pacific workshops,” explained Sharyne.

“It provides our young people with the chance to acknowledge the cultural diversity of our families living here in the Wairarapa, to gain a greater appreciation of the Pacific by exploring and learning about wider Pacific communities, people and cultures in a socio-cultural context and to celebrate students’ Pacific roots.”

The week will include performances at the Wairarapa Secondary Schools Pasifika Evening, to be held on 19 June at the Kuranui College Auditorium, which will feature dance pieces from the students involved in the workshops, as well as art, drama, music and food from the week.

The evening will also showcase a number of celebrated Pasifika performers including Te Amo Polynesian Entertainers dancers, the Ura Tabu Pacific Dance Company, Thomas Natoealofa and Kumu Aulii Mitchell.

“Kuranui College dance students are studying Ura Tabu’s Spiritus Aitu as part of their dance repertoire this year, so this is a unique opportunity for the students to see this performance live. The dance piece was recently premiered at the Pasifika Festival at Auckland’s Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) and will appear at the Teulia Festival in Samoa and tour across New Zealand.

“The Pasifika performance evening will be a highlight of the week. It is where the students get to present what they have learnt and perform alongside professional dance companies and artists,” said Sharyne.

There is an opportunity for the general public to take part in the week by enrolling in two Samoan Siva workshops tutored by Charlene Tedrow on 17 and 18 June: a beginners class covering basic Samoan dance movements and a more advanced class teaching Taupou Siva Samoa. Maile Giffin will also hold a Tahitian dance workshop on 21 June in Masterton (venue to be confirmed).

“We hope the students will enjoy a fun, colourful celebration,” added Sharyne.

Contact: Sharyne Lewis, Artistic Director & Pasifika Week Coordinator
tel: 021 0241 9443
email: lewiss_kuranuicollege [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] nz


Full Details

Wairarapa Secondary Schools Pasifika Week
Monday 16 to Sunday 22 June

SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
Monday 16 to Thursday 19 June

To register contact:
Trudy Sears, Wairarapa REAP, schools [at] waireap [dot] org [dot] nz / 06 377 1379.

Amo Ieriko from Polynesian Entertainers brings Kuranui’s Pasifika Week to a fiery conclusion1. Samoan Drumming and Sasa
Samoan Sasa (pron.-sah ah) is a dance that depicts everyday activities, accompanied by percussion and vocals. The rhythmic technique of the Sasa lends itself well to participants of all abilities, making it very popular with schools. This dance uses a practical application of patterns and maths. Students can have input on the narrative of the dance relative to their environment. Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

2. Drumming (Traditional)
This workshop involves learning beats from various Pacific Islands, such as Samoa, Cook Islands and French Polynesia, using traditional drums from these islands. This is suitable for male and female students. Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

3. Samoan Fire Dancing (with practice sticks)
Traditional known as Siva Ailao, this is a celebratory dance by warriors after a victories battle. Students will practise juggling and spinning techniques specific to Samoan Fire Knife dancing. This is suitable for male and female students. Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

4. Tahitian Dance
Learning various hip movements and footwork for traditional Tahitian dance, this workshop will teach a choreographed Tahitian dance sequence. This is suitable for male and female students.
Female Tutor: Charlene Tedrow and Male Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

5. Samoan Siva
Learning various hip movements and footwork for traditional Samoan Siva dance, this workshop will teach a choreographed Siva dance sequence. This is suitable for male and female students. Female Tutor: Charlene Tedrow and Male Tutor: Amo Ieriko.

6. Haku Wili – Lei Making
In this workshop students will be exposed to Traditional Hawaiian lei making using native New Zealand plants. The lei plays a specific role worn as the adornments of the hula dancer. This is an excellent workshop for subjects in the arts, languages and technology. Tutor: Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell.

8. `Ohe Kāpala – Bamboo Printing
Hawaiian Art workshop. Students will learn to print using stamps made of bamboo. These prints are part of the traditional designs used in the traditional hula attire. This workshop is suitable for extending visual arts, technology, design and performing arts. Tutor: Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell.

9.Hawaiian Dance
Students will be learning traditional movements and footwork for the hula `ala`apapa, an ancient style of Hawaiian dance. In this workshop you will learn basic steps accompanied by the Hawaiian gourd drum. This is suitable for male and female students. Tutor: Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell.

10. Archaeology Talk
Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell is an archaeologist from Hawaii. Kumu will discuss his vocation as an archeologist and the field of archaeology. This workshop is suitable for science, history and the arts. Tutor: Kumu Hula Aulii Mitchell.


Wairarapa Secondary Schools PASIFIKA EVENING
Thursday, 19 June, 7pm
Kuranui College Auditorium, East Street, Greytown, Wairarapa

Featuring:
Te Amo of the Polynesian Entertainers Ltd: Amo Ieriko, Tepaeru-Ariki French, Maile Giffin, Tepaeru-Ariki French and Natalie Toevai
Ura Tabu Pacific Dance Group: Charlene Tedrow, Maile Giffin, Natalie Toevai and Gloria Simi.
Hawaiian special guest Kumu Aulii Mitchell

Tickets:
$5 per person or $10 (family of 4-6: two adults and 4 children under 18 years)

Group bookings available for groups of 10 and more.
For group bookings email: lewiss_kuranuicollege [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] nz

For online tickets:
www.eventbrite.co.nz and search Wairarapa Pasifika Performance Evening

Line-Up:

  • Te Amo of Polynesian Entertainers Ltd performing items from Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti and fire knife dance from Samoa, known as Siva Afi Ailao.
  • From the Cook Islands a traditional chant, Reo Tupuna, by Henry Taripo-Henzart and Ura Pau (drum dance). Choreographed by Tepaeru-Ariki French.
  • Tepaeru-Ariki is of Cook Island decent from the island of Aitutaki. She is an emerging Pacific choreographer incorporating her traditional dance style in a contemporary stage set with her dance piece Pacific Muse. She is also a long-standing member of Anuanua Dance Troupe.
  • Minoi Minoi is a classic Samoan song made famous by a popular Samoan band in the 70s and 80s the FIVE STAR.
  • Choreographed by Charlene Tedrow who is of Samoa decent. Charlene is the Founder and Choreographer of New Zealand’s professional all-female Pacific dance company, Ura Tabu Pacific Dance.
  • Ura Tabu Pacific Dance will also be performing a segment of Spiritus Aitu, which premiered at TAPAC, Auckland in March 2014. Spiritus Aitu is in the process of its first New Zealand tour as well as appearing in Samoa for the Teuila Festival 2014. (Kuranui Dance Students are studying Spiritus Aitu as part of their Dance Repertoire for 2014.)
  • Kuranui College students: Kapa Haka group, music students performing original compositions, dance students performing a number of items from Samoa, Hawaii and New Zealand and art students showcasing their Hawaiian Bamboo Prints.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Saturday 22 June

For bookings email: lewiss_kuranuicollege [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] nz

Samoan Basic Dance Movements
Beginner Dance Classes
Tuesday 17 June
6pm-7.30pm
Kuranui College Auditorium, East Streeet, Greytown 5712
Cost: $15 (Walk-ins on the day: $20)

Samoan Basic Dance Movements
Advance Dance Classes – Taupou Siva Samoa
Wednesday 18 June
6pm-7.30pm
Kuranui College Auditorium, East Street, Greytown 5712
Cost: $15 (Walk-ins on the day is $20)

Tutor: Charlene Tedrow

Note: Both workshops $25.

Tahitian Dance
Saturday 22 June
Time tbc
Venue tbc
Cost: $15 (Walk-ins on the day: $20)

Tutor: Maile Giffin

May 272014
 

A roundup of recent sporting news!

Congratulations to:
Natalia Namana and Samantha Pallesen for their selection in the Wairarapa U17 Representative Netball team
Sidney Anderson-Mihaka for the U15 Representative Netball team

Rugby 1st XV: Won by default against HVHS 2.

Rugby Juniors:
Last week we played our very first competition game and this was against Makoura College. Kuranui found themselves in a tight & exciting match trailing 12 to 5 at half time. An excellent 2nd half effort gave Kuranui the 24 to 19 win.
Try scorers: Samson Dell, Cole Freeman, Conquest Hadfield, Dre Rimmer
Cole Freeman had a solid all round game in the backs along with 2 conversions and Zac Brown stood out in the forwards.

Football Boys 1st XI: Won 3-0 against Chanel Boys 1st XI (Grading game).

Football Boys 2nd XI: Lost to Rathkeale Jnr A (Grading game).

Football Girls: Won 8-1 against Solway College.

Netball Kuranui Senior A: Lost 22-18 against Makoura B (Grading game).

Netball Kuranui Senior B: Lost 15-10 against Carterton New World Social (Grading game).

Netball Intermediate A: Won 25-15 against Greytown Black (Grading game).

Netball Intermediate B: Lost 16-11 to our Kuranui Junior A team.

Netball Junior A: Won 16-11 against Kuranui Intermediate B.

Netball Junior B: Lost 24-3 against Wai Coll Jnr Red.

Hockey Girls 1st XI: Won 1-0 against St Orans 2 (Grading game). Won 2-1 against Queen Margaret 2.

Hockey Boys 1st XI: Lost to Wairarapa College 2nd XI.

Hockey Mixed: Lost 3-2 against Rathkeale Renegades and another very close 0-1 loss to Makoura Redskins.

 

May 272014
 

Senior Drama students at Kuranui College are setting out to explore the globe. The 20 students will travel to England, Scotland and France during the spring school holidays to visit theatres, museums, landmarks and Shakespeare’s world-famous Globe Theatre.

Winter Solstice Market - Kuranui

“This is a unique way for our students to gain credits towards their internal and external drama assessments,” explained Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd. “More importantly it provides them with an amazing opportunity to put what they’re learning about Shakespeare and European theatre into context.

“This is the biggest trip the college has ever undertaken.”

Although the students are responsible for their individual fundraising towards the trip, the Kuranui has organised a Winter Solstice Market for next Saturday, 31 May, between 9am-2pm in the college auditorium, to bolster funds.

Drama teacher Juanita McLellan hopes the community will come along and support the students’ fundraising efforts “The students are selling all manner of arts and crafts, gifts, sweets and treats, jewellery and good winter food, as well as all the fun of a fair for kids, with face painting, pony rides and a bouncy castle,” said Juanita.

“We have stalls run by our students and you can recognise them in their red and black outfits and red tudor rose lapel badges. Stall sites are also available to other stall-holders.

“The students have kick-started their fundraising campaign by raffling off firewood and a luxury weekend escape. There is also a cook book in the pipeline,” she added.

Kuranui has set up a blog at kuranuigoesglobel.wordpress.com to keep everyone up to date with the students’ fundraising efforts and news from the trip.

Stall-holders wishing to attend the market should email juanamac [at] gmail [dot] com.

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