The sounds of waiata can be heard from the Mangawhai Library Hall every Sunday afternoon between 2–4pm.
Local man Nigel Rogers was inspired to form a kapa haka group after moving into the area five years ago and realising a need for it in the community. “We looked into it last year but this year we thought it was a good time to start. We’ve had three sessions so far — at the first meeting we only a handful of people but it was still good, and at the last session we had a big turnout.”
Nigel said it was great to see the group grow and was especially impressed with the variety of age groups attending. “It’s cool seeing the young kids mixing with the older people. Some members are in their 60s and the youngest is probably my four-month-old daughter — the toddlers jump around and love getting involved.”
Nigel’s vision for the kapa haka group involves each whanau bringing along a new song to a session and teaching it to the rest, mainly Mangawhai locals, but also members from Wellsford and Kaiwaka.
Nigel and the five others who have helped establish the group hope they can support local events such as openings, and also offer support at tangis in the future.