More than 1000 people expected at Rangitaiki Kapa Haka Festival

Young people from across the rohe will be converging on the Whakatane War Memorial Hall this weekend for the Rangitaiki Kapa Haka Festival.

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The Festival has grown so much that it had to be spread over two days instead of one for the first time this year.

Event coordinator Jean Hawea says students from 15 Eastern Bay schools are taking part, with close to 1000 participants.

Ms Hawea says everyone is welcome to come along for a great day's entertainment and to support the children performing.

Michelle Keighley