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Mangere College Magazine 2017

Niuean Group The

Niuean Group The Mangere College Niuean Group in 2017 was an amazing adventure. I learnt many things during my whole experience. I really liked learning the reasons behind the Niuean culture. At the start there were only three boys and fifteen girls. I made many friends and also got the chance to learn a little bit more about the Niuean culture. While practising, the whole group faced many challenges and were exhausted practising after school every day. The effort people put into our practices wasn't that great because of how exhausted everyone was. When I saw how the practices were going, I decided to step up my game towards the group by becoming the Niuean Leader. I made sure all students were present at practice after school, and stepped up by becoming the main speaker of the group. As the Niuean leader I wanted more students to join so they could see how great the Niuean culture is. So I got all of my rugby boys to join and they did. They started off badly, by mucking around and not listening to me. But once they saw that the Niuean culture should be respected, they listened. Then the real journey began. Every day after school, all members of the group were there and ready to practise, and they respected me as the leader. It was then I realised how much the students loved this Niuean dance. Every practice was a blessing and brought us students closer to each other and closer to the dance of Niue. Despite all the challenges and struggles, we took some awards home. We claimed our first award for being 1st place for the Ta Me (Niuean action song) and the second award for the Lologo tapu foou (Niuean Church hymn). Our tutors Sam Pilisi, Jayne Uhi, Amber Patutaue-Utai and Leki Bourke-Jackson stepped up to be our leaders to teach and help us. Thanks to all of you. -Isaak Samoa, Niuean Group Leader stage Results Lologo Tapu Foou Ta Me 2nd Place 1st Place 26 Mangere College - 2017

Samoan Group Ua fa’afetai, ua fa’afetai, ua malie mata e va’ai. Ua tasi lava oe, ua tasi lava oe, i lo’u nei fa’amoemoe. Firstly, praise and glory to our Heavenly Father for His love and guidance upon our Samoan group, throughout our Polyfest 2017 journey. The journey we embarked on for seven weeks was full of hard work, sweat and tears, all which were necessary for our group’s victory. The theme for this year’s 42nd Polyfest competition was “Ia fa’afaileleina ma limata’ita’i’ina ta’ita’i i ala o le aganuu ma le fa’asamoa / Nurturing leadership through culture.” The trials for the Samoan group began at the end of 2016 but not many students signed up. Although it was a relief to see some students, as it showed that they were eager at such an early stage, their attendance and attitude to trials would show how committed they really were to the Samoan group. Early this year there was another set of trials held, and this time there were more students who attended. It was good to see so many interested. Though there were some very good auditions, these trials were not to see who could dance or sing the best, it was to see who was brave and willing to express their culture - as many students did not join because they did not want to trial. Practices started in about the third week of school, and due to a lack of unity, commitment and for some of us, discipline, it became frustrating. It was either we would bond and become a “group” or remain as individuals and watch our group crumble. Practices had a duration which started at 3.30pm and ended 6pm. Saturdays were also needed to be sacrificed in order to progress at a steady pace, from 10am onwards, so that we could make up for lost time. Students came and went, but we ended up with a group of 40 or so students. It was these committed students who ended up representing the Samoan group and Mangere College, under the leadership and encouragement of Siata Ah-Chong 13DV, Aiga Lologa 13BF, Maria Toleafoa 13SA, Nathan Ashin 13ZA, Zion Henry 13PS, AJ Samuelu 13BF, Jacob Muavae 13WG and Faapiano Vaimili 13BF. The start of the group’s journey began very late but went on without any major problems, learning songs for the Ma’ulu’ulu, and Pese o le Aso. There was a lot of competition out there, and we knew that every school wanted to take our trophies. It may not have motivated the younger students as much, but for us leaders, it encouraged us to make sacrifices in order to make this year count, and make this performance as good as it could possibly be. As a result of having fewer weeks to prepare, we had to extend our practices to 7pm, and sacrifice lunch times as well. By weeks three four, we were gradually moving into learning the actions for the ma’ulu’ulu, entrance and sasa. Later in the week, we were organising lines and voices. Nearing the week of the ASB Polyfest, we only had to polish each item and the whole routine. This was the most stressful part of our entire journey together that meant more sweat and tears than expected. Mangere College - 2017 27

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