Monday, July 30, 2012

Seaport Scene Issue 314

Mass Haka for Olympic Rower

The Queen Charlotte College Kapa Haka group, joined by keen schoolmates, decided to show their support for Picton Olympic athlete Joseph Sullivan by doing a haka on video and posting it on YouTube.

Social Studies teacher and leader David Collins said a short introduction in Maori, then English, saying, ”We lay down a challenge for you, to reach deep inside yourself, to find the fortitude and the strength and the determination to overcome the obstacles and achieve your personal best.”

The haka, titled Tika Tonu, roughly translates to ‘What is right, is always right’, and its message is of challenge, struggle, perseverance and achievement. It is commonly taught to youths, as it contains a significant message of guidance, particularly when adolescent males are making the difficult transition to adulthood.

There are typically around 35 students that take part in the Kapa Haka group, however this number doubled for the video due to the enormous support for the local rowing legend.

Joseph is competing in the Mens double sculls rowing with team mate Nathan Cohen.

The London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony is on Prime Television, 7am Saturday morning, NZ time, with the rowing to run from 8.35pm that night.

If you wish to view the haka head to

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