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).
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 – The junior/middle Kapa Haka rōpū
Teachers: Lisa Agnew, Alison Tay, and Jolene Casey.
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.
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
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: