ASB Polyfest

  • Dates: 18 – 21 Mar, 2015

Edgewater College participates with distinction each year in the Auckland Polyfest competition.  We enter our kapahaka team and one Pasifika team performing on the Niuean stage.  

Our coaches and supporters describe the challenge, and success, of this experience in 2014:

Te Ropu Kapa Haka o Te Tahawai 2014

 The journey leading up to Polyfest was more than just hard work, countless hours, and early morning trainings. It was an emotional, physical, mental, spiritual and cultural rollercoaster that challenged each and every one of us. Now as you know, any commitment requires work, but kapa haka you will find is a life style; it pulls your life apart allowing you to see who you are, it puts everything into perspective, reassembles itself and the person that walked so reluctantly through the waharoa (Marae entrance) on their first day ultimately comes out a changed person. 

Now if you ask me, how is that supposed work? Well, I couldn’t tell you. You’d have to join and find out for yourself. We did so many fun activities, one of which the entire ropu was split into two groups and were given an item from our Polyfest bracket and 30 minutes to brainstorm and put together a play/production that would convey the message of the item. This activity brought us closer together, deepened our understanding of the items, revealed potential leaders in every person and taught me that my “my ideas are all that matter” way of leading doesn’t ever work in a TEAM. 

A few of the other activities/things we did were:   
Being put into 5 teams and creating our own chants   
Dry retching after every fitness session with Ricki and Don Bickford, a member of the Navy   
Having a live-in at Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Puau Te Moana Nui a Kiwa   
The dress rehearsal or “another day on the job” in the words of Haylee Rudolph 

The majority of our intake ... are Year 9 students and let me tell you, never in my life have I come across a group of kids with such powerful auras, undeniable talent, passion, humour and life. They definitely brought their A game and caused the more experienced members to step up and work for their place in the front row. So many of our kids stepped into leadership roles without being pressured to do so, and it was the best build-up to the Polyfest stage in the 4 years I have been in the group. 

I have had the honour and great opportunity to witness boys and girls grow into young-men and young-women, seen the establishment of a foundation and a ropu draw closer and strengthen with one vision in their sights and a destination to meet. 

By Martin Yerkovich Head Boy 2014

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