Thorpe House School enjoyed a Polynesian party recently.

The school hosted the London Maori Club’s annual fundraising event on Saturday (July 2) and audience enjoyed performances by Beats of Polynesia - performing dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji - Maramara Totara, who gave a display of Maori martial arts, the children of Kohanga who sang and danced and the London Maori Club who rounded off the event with a programme including the famous Ka Mate Haka, made famous thanks to the All Black rugby team.

A hangi - pit barbeque - a comprising of a feast of chicken, pork and vegetables was served along with other New Zealand delicacies, and sales of lamingtons and ANZAC biscuits were said to be brisk.

Joy Fenikowski of Kohanga said: “From the bottom of my heart thank you so much to the Headmaster for allowing use of Thorpe House facilities for the day. We could not have done it without your support.”

Money raised during the event went to the children’s section of the London Maori Club, Te Kohanga Reo O Ranana, which teaches the Maori language and culture to children and gives a taste of home to expat Kiwis. The group meets in New Zealand House, London, on the third Saturday of each month.