What is Kapa Haka?
Kapa: 'stand in a row or rank, team' Haka: 'dance, perform, cultural, '
Kapa haka involves a combination of song, dance and chanting. It is performed by cultural groups on a marae, at schools and during special events and festivals.
Ahutoetoe School is a place where te reo me ōna tikanga are valued and the purpose of kapa haka at Ahutoetoe is to grow learner and staff confidence with their reo through haka, waiata and waiata a-ringa (action songs). It also provides an opportunity to learn about tikanga. In our Hiringa senior classes, We start and finish sessions with karakia and learn a variety of waiata that support te reo Māori learning. A large part of each session is dedicated to waiata that can be sung at ceremonies like pōwhiri.
"Kapa haka is a catalyst for change that has a fundamental link to, and is a powerful medium of Māori identity, culture, and pride. Kapa haka plays a large role in the revitalisation of the Māori language and Māori cultural values. It enhances positive well-being by encouraging a sense of belonging, providing a "safe haven" in which to practice te reo me ōna tikanga, whilst reinforcing social collaboration and cohesion." (https://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-resources/NZC-Online-blog/Kapa-haka)
Read more about Kapa Haka HERE
We have been lucky enough to be gifted a Kapa Haka T-shirt design by Darry Roycroft of Mura Creative. See the creative brief below.