1975 team unites for Tereora show

Thursday March 01, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
George George (left) and Papatua Papatua, who were part of the Tereora College 1975 cultural team to New Zealand, will be out supporting the Tereora College fundraiser show for the AS B Polyfest, tonight. 180228128 George George (left) and Papatua Papatua, who were part of the Tereora College 1975 cultural team to New Zealand, will be out supporting the Tereora College fundraiser show for the AS B Polyfest, tonight. 180228128

Members of the first Tereora College team that went to a cultural show in New Zealand in 1975 will be reuniting tonight.

 

They will be out in full force to support the team from the school, who will be performing at the National Auditorium tonight, before heading to the Polyfest in Auckland next week.

George George, who was part of the 1975 team, said they want to show their support to the team which will be representing the country at the prestigious Polyfest event.

He said they were also hoping to bring their group leader and cultural teacher Papa Te Maeva Karati to tonight’s event.

“This will be like a little reunion for us and a show of support to the team that is representing the school at this year’s Polyfest,” George said.

“The tour in 1975 was an eye opener for most of us and many in the team continued their passion for dancing and drumming and went onto to lead local cultural groups.

“We had a great time in New Zealand and all of us enjoyed the trip. For some of us, it was the first time we left the country because I remember some of the members were trying hard to get their passports.” Another team member Papatua Papatua said they were looking forward to tonight’s performance.

“We want to encourage those who went on the 1975 tour to be present at the National Auditorium (tonight) to show that moral support for our team,” Papatua said.

“Polyfest is a quality show and if there is a need for some assistance before their departure, we will be more than happy to come onboard and help the choreographers and everybody that is involved.”

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