More than 40 groups to perform at Koanga Festival

Howick College and Cockle Bay School will come together to host the 28th annual Koanga Festival.

The festival, on Friday, August 30, was first established to strengthen and maintain the importance of kaupapa Maori in the Eastern suburbs and celebrates Tikanga Maori through kapa haka performance.

Both schools are excited by the opportunity to strengthen and build lasting ties with their community and local iwi and to showcase the talents of their own kapa haka groups alongside more than forty other groups from primary, intermediate and high schools in the Howick and Pakuranga area.

The 28th annual Koanga Festival will be hosted on Friday, August 30 across three venues including the Howick College gymnasium, Bill Dimery Performing Arts Centre (Howick College) and the Cockle Bay School Hall. Photo supplied

The festival, which represents hours of dedicated practice and hard work, will run across three venues: the Howick College gymnasium, the Bill Dimery Performing Arts Centre (Howick College) and the Cockle Bay School Hall.

Parents, friends and whanau are warmly invited to come along and support their tamariki. The opening powhiri will be held at 10am in the main Howick College gymnasium followed by the first performances on each of the stages at 11 am. The day ends at 3 pm.

Entry is by koha and there will be food and drink for sale on site. Eftpos will also be available.