Koli Mai A (KMA) means ‘just dance’ in the Niuean language. Our school is made up of 40 enrolled students, 4 tutors, 2 staff support and a handful of part time tutors who stand ready to assist when called upon. Our objective is to contribute to the preservation and protection of Niuean culture through teaching. Recognizing that Niuean language is an endangered language, we minimize this risk through teaching and practicing.
Like all of Polynesia, performing arts is in the core fabric of our identity as a people and the oral nature of our culture. Every family, community or public gathering is acknowledged with a prayer, chant, song, dance or narrative in the native tongue. Performing arts enable genealogies, values, sites and historical data to be recorded and remembered. It enables order in our society. We believe education can lead to competence, which in turn increases confidence. Nurturing a generation of competent and confident youth can lead to strong individuals who can contribute to the building and sustaining of a strong, safe and vibrant Niue.