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The Rosmini College Maori Department have started a new sport called Waka ama. Rosmini’s Head of Maori, Mr Heke Ngapua Rankin says, “It has been a great sport for developing communication skills and teamwork.”The junior Waka ama students took part in their first regatta at Orakei basin on Saturday, 7th November. Mr Ngapua Rankin says proudly, “It was a great day for the boys who scraped through to the finals against 18 other Auckland teams. They then came second in the finals to Kelston Boys High School.”

The Maori department have started a new sport called Waka Ama. Training sessions are at  6:15 am on Wednesdays and 4 pm on Friday's. It has bee a great sport for developing communication skills and teamwork. Rosmini's first junior regatta is at Orakei basin on the 7th November were they will race against 30 other schools.

Last term, Rosmini College welcomed a new HOD of Maori, Heke Ngapua Rankin (B.Ed). Heke was born and raised in Reweti and he has tribal affiliations with Ngapuhi and Ngatiwhatua. Heke is “passionate about teaching Maori to all cultures” and wishes “to engage all nationalities about the importance of Maori culture through teaching Haka and the language in exciting ways.” Consequently, he has written the Rosmini College Haka – Poutokomanawa – which his students are currently practising: 

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The Haka house competition training will take place in week three, in the Auditorium.

If you want to represent your house colour to win the overall Haka trophy you need to be there to start practising for the haka day event on week 9 Friday.

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