The annual Tamaki Nui A Rua kapa haka festival in Dannevirke was all about whanau making memories together.

"Today is memory day and your school is more important than any election," MC Greg Motu said.

Hundreds packed the Dannevirke town for the festival which began 12 years ago, driven by Tami Nicholson.

"We love providing kapa haka in our community," Mr Motu said.

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Results: Primary schools: Monty Fairbrother Trust Taiaha, Kai-Taataki Tama (male leader), Huia Range seniors; Native WoodCraft Mere, Kai Taataki Kotiro (female leader), St Joseph's School/Huia Range junior, joint winners; Haumihi Matau Kaakahu (costume), Huia Range seniors; Nanny Noa Koruru Te Reo Maori, Huia Range seniors; Thomas Kamura Toi Tui Waiata a ringa (action song), Huia Range seniors and juniors, joint winners.

Secondary school section: Tararua College. Community section: Di Wilkinson Tararua REAP Community Award, Te Kapa o Whare-TiiTii, Woodville.

Contribution to kapa haka: Monty Fairbrother Trust Taiaha, Ruahine School; Roly Ellis Trophy, Erina Hauiti and Billie Te Aupouri, joint winners.

• Full coverage, Dannevirke News Saturday.