Kapahaka is a strong feature of Wellsford School thanks to teacher Mrs Missy Crawford. Missy is bilingual, speaking both Maori and English fluently. She has a passion for Taonga Maori and shares this passion with our students.
Missy teaches a class of Y7/8 students like a normal teacher, but also uses lunchtimes or time out of class to tutor a senior Kapahaka group that includes students from Year 6-8. Missy hails from the Taranaki region (Ngati Ruanui) and is passionate about Te Reo and Te Waiata Maori, and supporting Maori students to take pride in their culture.
Our groups perform regularly at school assemblies, whakatau and powhiri, as well as at festivals at various times during the year. Being involved in Kapahaka is increasingly popular among our students. Almost 100 students auditioned this year, one third of our school roll. Both Maori and non-Maori students alike, enjoy the opportunity to participate.