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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.

Bernard Mangakahia is coming to Cornwall Park School on Wednesday 13th June 2018 @ 1:45 p.m. to perform “Mana, The Spirit of Polynesia” to all our students in the school hall.

The performance is highly interactive, giving children a chance to participate in singing, action songs and poi, which integrates extremely well with music and performing arts in the curriculum.

We would also like to give the students the opportunity to be connected learners and think about how the spirit of mana connects us to each other and enables us to face challenges, striving with pride in ourselves to be the best we can be. The show also links to navigation through the Pacific, so relevant around the time we celebrate Matariki during June and early July.

Here is Bernard’s personal invitation:


Travelling through Polynesian cultures including Native American Indian, New Zealand Maori, Hawaiian and Samoan, Bernard discovers with each the idea of family, challenges and pride.

‘Mana, The Spirit of Polynesia’ embodies dance, music, multicultural themes, history, geography, the importance of learning about heritage and the power of self belief and respect.

MANA is the inner strength and confidence that comes from a sense of identity. Bernard Mangakahia inspires everyone to discover their own MANA.

If you’d like to know more about the show, please visit the promoter’s website via this link:

To cover the cost of the performance, we request a contribution of $5.00 per child which can be paid at the office or online. Bank no: 12 3021 0240840 04. Online payments are preferred with name and room number of child in the reference sections. Please fill out the permission slip below to your class teacher by May 28th.

Kind regards,
Francine Werry, Music Co-ordinator

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