Kapa Haka

At East Taieri School we value and celebrate the bicultural nature of Aotearoa.  

We have an active Kapa Haka programme, providing a learning environment that celebrates Māori culture and what it means to be Māori.  

Students demonstrate commitment and self-discipline, and will often improve in confidence and self-esteem.  

Students benefit from the values associated with being part of a group e.g. whakawhanaungatanga (building relationships), manaakitanga (looking after each other) and aroha (love).

Always lovely to see students pursuing their personal best, and bravely participating in performances.  Kapa Haka is a great place for some tamariki to take on leadership roles.

We have many performances throughout the year.  Performances include cultural assemblies, an annual Matariki performance, Polyfest, Taieri Hui Ako, and the end of year Carol Service

Manu Mātārae (Senior Kapa Haka rōpū)

Manu Mātārae is a name gifted to us by Lauana Thomas.  Manu means bird, and mātārae means an important person leading the others.  Envisage birds in the sky flying in a v-shape.  Those leaders are inspiring and caring for our new fledgling birds in the middle of the v-shape (Manu Rere – Junior Team Kapa Haka rōpū)

Teachers: Lisa Agnew, Alison Tay, and Rachel Phillips

Manu Mātārae comes together on a Wednesday afternoon for 40 minutes to learn waiata, waiata ringa, haka, and sasa.  

The rōpū is generally made up of approximately 70-80 enthusiastic Year 5/6 students.  

East Taieri School Kapa Haka Website: https://sites.google.com/east-taieri.school.nz/east-taieri-senior-kapa-haka/home

Music for Kapa Haka:

Songs that the children are learning in Kapa Haka at the moment:

Hoki Mai – website

Nga iwi e

Te Ao Marama


Manu Whakapiki (Middle Team Kapa Haka rōpū)

Manu Whakapiki is the name gifted to our rōpū from our whānau Māori. Manu means bird, and Whakapiki means to ascend. This name was chosen for the Middle Team as it represents how our tamariki ascend in confidence and growth throughout the year as part of this rōpū.

Teachers: Lewis Howell, Rachel Phillips, Belinda Duff, Sarah, O’Neill, and Hayley Miller

Manu Whakapiki comes together on a Tuesday morning for 30 minutes. All Middle Team tamariki take part in Kapa Haka resulting in a rōpū of over 100 children from Year 2-4.

Manu Rere (Junior Team Kapa Haka rōpū)