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Adam Gifford

Chris Selwyn: Haka wānanga big hit

A two-day wānanga this week saw more than 300 students from Tāmaki Makaurau schools earn NCEA credits for the new te ao haka achievement standards.

Chris Selwyn, the tumuaki of Ngā Puna o Waiorea at Western Spring’s College, said it was an honor to host the event.

He says it involved a huge amount of preparation and effort, with students having to repeat their routines dozens of times to meet the standards.

Te ao haka has three levels, including university entrance, which means it sits alongside dance, theater and music qualifications,

“To actually have this event that solidifies the mana that I assume of te ao haka as a topic in itself, to have as many kura and kaiako present with their akonga, to be able to clear the required credits a level one, level two and three levels, amazing to see this happening here,” says Selwyn.

The wānanga format means consistent assessment standards, and many akonga have been able to collect merit grades and excellent grades.


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