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Waiata . . . Highfield School's kapa haka performed at Flava Festival last Friday, and placed third in the visual arts category, third in the junior performance and third in the 2019 Champions standings overall. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

Schools from across the Aoraki rohe (area) gathered at Timaru’s Theatre Royal last Friday for the annual Flava Kapa Haka Festival. Waiata, haka and poi performances greeted the crowds throughout the day. Highfield School placed third overall, while Timaru Girls’ High School and Arowhenua Māori School tied for first as the Flava 2019 champions. Courier reporter Greta Yeoman headed along.