Principal Tania Morgan said as the night went on, the enthusiastic crowd showed a huge amount of support for the students.
“When you take an event like this into the public arena and hold it at the National Auditorium, it just lifts the students and the crowd responded to that.
“However, we also knew that in taking it to the auditorium we would need to be at a certain standard, because although it is an anau competition first and foremost it is also showcasing the embracement of culture we have here at Tereora.”
The proceeds from the ticket sales, the food stalls and donations will go back to the school.
Morgan said the school raised around $27,000, with much of that to be spent on the school’s new research centre.
“The centre (library) will receive new resources so students can further utilise the space and so they can have access to a lot more than what they have in the past.”
After coming in second place at the anau sports day earlier in the term, Te Manga got back on top of the podium, after winning the ute, action song and drum dance category. They were then crowned the overall winners.
Close rival Maungaroa won best costume to finish in second above Te Kou in third and Ikurangi in fourth.