MAPS performance at Tu Tagata Festival
This year’s Wellington Secondary Schools Tu Tagata Festival was a memorable night of celebrating our cultural beliefs, traditions, and values through the medium of Dance and Singing. Scots College MAPS (Maori and Pasifika students) group had the privilege of performing their Maori and Polynesian repertoire with their intricate and powerful movements. The MAPS journey, of embracing their Maori and Pasifika cultures, captured the essence of their identity and honouring of their heritage – past, present, and future.
MAPS produced a stunning performance with a strong opening act of the Whakaeke followed by the graceful movements of the girl’s poi dance led by Rosearna Stairmand. The sounds of the pacific reverberated through the hearts of the Wellington audience. The impact of the MAPS performance cemented their place for the next event. Brilliant performances led by Tana, Cody, Rachel, Merenia and Valentine. This was followed by Year 13 Maea, who showed a lot of passion with exceptional strength on the ASB Tu Tagata Festival stage. The Pasifika songs and movements won the hearts of the Wellington people.
MAPS would like to send a special thank you to the tutors, parents, families, and staff for contributing their time and support for our journey towards the Wellington Secondary Schools Tu Tagata Festival.
This year’s performance was dedicated to Ana Fidow a dear mother of the MAPS group who passed away suddenly a week before the festival.