Students make the most of cultural contest

Monday July 02, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Samuel Raeina, Edward Tanorio, Oana Nookura and Isaac Ritea were happy to show off their ukulele skills. 18062926 Samuel Raeina, Edward Tanorio, Oana Nookura and Isaac Ritea were happy to show off their ukulele skills. 18062926

Highland Paradise came alive, with fun, laughter – and some serious concentration, as students from Apii Arorangi, Nikao, Te Uki Ou, Avarua, Rutaki, Titikaveka College, St Joseph’s Primary and Takitumu Primary took part in the annual cultural completion on Thursday.

They demonstrated their ability in essential traditional skills such as laying down an umu, weaving coconut fronds, husking coconuts, storytelling, performing an ute and, of course showing off their drumming and ukulele skills.

Watching the colourful activity as smoke and some tasty smells wafted from the umu pit, Highland Paradise managing director Teuira (Tutu) Pirangi said her dearest wish for the competition was that it could go national and include teams of children from the outer islands.

“It has grown so much in the seven years we have been holding it here and I think it’s time to go national.”

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