Day two of the Tamaki Nui A Rua kapa haka festival in the Dannevirke Town Hall was simply the best.

"This has got to be one of the best," Tararua District councillor Carole Isaacson said. "Music is one of the things which brings happiness into our lives."

MC for the day Richard Harrison-Kamura agreed.

"This is a very joyous occasion, with the performances bringing a tear to the eye," he said.
Chairman Thomas Kamura said the talent was outstanding.

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Te Wananga Tamariki, accompanied by Tamai Nicholson (far right) competed in the community section of the festival. Photo / Christine McKay
Te Wananga Tamariki, accompanied by Tamai Nicholson (far right) competed in the community section of the festival. Photo / Christine McKay

A special presentation was made to the whanau of Amelia Lilo who passed away recently.

"She was an awesome lady who pushed for this kapa haka event," Mr Kamura said.

"Her passing is still raw for her family, but by presenting this taonga we want to remember Amelia's passion."