Room 4 Boys Haka by Kishan Mani

Kapa Haka with Koka Jules

Parents in one VLN Primary school were skeptical that Kapa haka taught online would be any good, but these same parents gave their tamariki a standing ovation for their performance at end of year assembly! Read about the benefits of Kapa haka from our awesome kaiako Koka Jules.

Tēnā Koutou katoa, Greetings to you all

Ko Maungahaumia te maunga. Maungahaumia is my mountain
Ko Mangatu te awa. Mangatu is my river
Ko Mangatu te Marae. Mangatu is my marae
Ko Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi te iwi me Moriori. My Main tribes are Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi and Moriori
Ko Ruahinekino toku hapu. My sub tribe is Ruahinekino
Ko taku mahi he Kai- Ako ahau. My job is a Teacher
Ko PLD BMPA Te Awanuiarangi Wananga. PLD Batchelor of Maori Performing Arts in
Ko Julie O’Donnell toku ingoa Awanuiarangi University in Whakatane.
No reira tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. That’s all greetings to you, greetings to you all.

Our VLN Primary students have successfully learnt Kapa haka through our online classes. The benefits for teachers, students, parents and the schools has been rewarding.

Every culture has its’ own form of song and dance and who they are and what they’re about in Maoridom, Kapa haka and Waiata are an integral part of formal speech-making and a vital way of expressing ourselves both traditionally and contemporarily.

Kapa haka provides a learning environment that celebrates Māori culture and what it means to be Maori and a New Zealander. The benefits of participating in Kapa haka are:

  • the recognition that, as Māori, we add value to New Zealand’s unique identity;
  • the embedding of Māori values (e.g. whanaungatanga, ako, tuakana/teina);
  • increased confidence gained from ‘performance’;
  • an appreciation of the different dimensions that contribute to holistic well-being (hauora);
  • an enhanced ability to communicate meaning through visual language eg. action songs and haka;
  • physical stamina, fitness and coordination;
  • cognitive stimulation due to the demands of recitation, repetition and memorisation;
  • a sense of solidarity from being in a collective, as part of a team;
  • self-discipline and commitment;
  • exposure to leadership opportunities and role-modelling;
  • personal growth and development.