To mark Te Wiki o te Reo Māori some of Northland's youngest language learners took to the main street of Kerikeri to show off their kapa haka skills on Thursday.

The children, aged 3 and 4, performed two 15-minute brackets featuring classic action songs such as Tutira Mai Ngā Iwi as well as kid-friendly songs like Tutu the Taniwha.

Kerikeri Kindergarten head teacher Jo Johanson said waiata were an effective way of teaching te reo because children responded to the music and remembered the words.

The performances drew a large crowd, and not just proud parents.


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''The response was lovely,'' she said.

The children raised $176.50 through their kapa haka busking efforts. The money will go towards te reo resources such as books, puzzles, rākau and kapa haka uniforms..