Opotiki College have been named as the winners of this year’s Secondary Schools Regional Kapa Haka Competition which were held in Tauranga last week.

Nine secondary schools from the Mataatua region showed off their skills, voices, beauty and battled it out for one of three top places.  Te Wharekura o Ruatoki gained second place while Te Kura a Rohe o Te Whanau a Apanui gained third place.

All three schools will now be prepping themselves for the Secondary Schools National Kapa Haka Competition next year.

Ko te Kareti o Opotiki te kapa i toa i nga whakataetae a rohe o Mataatua i Tauranga Moana. E iwa nga roopu i whai turanga ki nga whakataetae a rohe, tokotoru i whai waahi ki nga whakataetae a motu ruamano tekau ma wha. I tae tuarua mai Te Wharekura o Ruatoki, ko te kapa i tae ki te turanga tuatou ko Te Kura a Rohe o Te Whanau a Apanui.