Kapa Haka Pilgrimage, February 2016

Pompellier visit, Waitangi Celebrations and Cape Reinga visit

Nga mihi mahana kia koutoi katoa,

Warm greetings to you all. The Kapa Haka staff and myself would like to thank all of you for your support for the recent haerenga/trip to the Hokianga, Waitangi and Cape Reinga.


The trip was full of special moments and we were very blessed to be able to see Bishop Pompallier’s casket and sit beside him to share prayers and sing hymns. After prayers, Fr Henare Tait who waited so patiently for our arrival at the Hata Maria/ St Marys Church in Motuti, shared pleasant memories of our Marist Brothers who hosted Pompallier several years ago. He also shared the history of Pompalliers return to Aotearoa. He then asked the Sacred Heart whanau if they would like to view his casket, and on doing so, he then gave us all permission to place a hand on him to say our own special prayer. With soft singing of hymnes in the background, the mood was very moving. Finally we moved onto Pawarenga where we were hosted by the Pirini whanau.

This set the tone for our weekend, with lots of travelling, vehicles getting lost and tired students. We arrived at the upper Treaty grounds of Waitangi where the Sacred Heart Kapa Haka group shared two hymns with the church service hosted by the Anglican Bishop, Te Kito Paikaahu. The students sat with the numerous nationalities that had gathered for the day, and soaked up the atmosphere. We continued on later in the afternoon to Kaitaia where we were based for the trip. It is here that the group travelled to Cape Reinga and performed the school Haka to farewell those who had recently passed away. Another special moment enjoyed by all. The tour ended with the whanau taking on the huge sand dunes of Te Paki.


Once again thank you to those who helped in any way, to make this journey of ours a very special one. To our whanau in the Taitokerau, kia ora.


Ma te wa

Ben Christe

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