Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kapa Haka

The national kapa haka festival , Te Matatini. started today at Tauranga. A judge, Mr Waaka wants the beauty of the Maori language to shine through from the 36 teams who will perform in Tauranga for an expected 30,000 people from today until the festival's finals on Sunday.

My school has our own Kapa Haka group under Mr. Nikora. They performed the Powhiri to welcome our guest who came to review the school.

The term Kapa haka (kapa meaning 'rank' or 'row' and haka refers to a Māori dance) is commonly known in Aotearoa as 'Maori Performing Arts' or the 'cultural dance' of Maori people. Kapa haka is an avenue for Maori people to express their heritage and cultural identity through song and dance.

Photo courtesy TVNZ

Watch a video of our All Black Rugby players' Haka before their match.

Traditional Maori Haka outside the Ancestral house, Tamaki Maori village, Rotorua, New Zealand

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