kapa haka


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kapa haka

NZ the traditional Maori performing arts, often performed competitively
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A local Kapa Haka group performed several songs at the luncheon and presented a greenstone necklace to Banks.
kapa haka (traditional and contemporary dance) and the use of te reo (Maori language) at the schools involved in the programmes helped to develop personal skills and leadership among the students
Instead of gymnasium training being recognised as the only path to sports and physical excellence, the connection was now being made between activities such as kapa haka and mau rakau (weapon training) as valid training and fitness regimes.
For example, a two-hour kapa haka practice was being acknowledged as a strenuous and intense physical workout.
For example, there was a perception at one school that although sport was strong, regarded as important, and actively encouraged, Maori cultural activities were not regarded as being able to provide the same potential or opportunities for students and so kapa haka was relegated to a lunchtime activity, thereby marginalising Maori students.
The introduction of traditional Maori performance art kapa haka as an academic subject was defended Monday by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as more than a war dance before a rugby game.
Kapa haka is a component of New Zealand's new National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) adopted throughout New Zealand this year and involves waiata (song), poi (a women's ball dance) and haka (a men's dance).
A debate over academic standards flared Saturday as more than 1,000 students from 28 schools gathered for the National Schools Kapa Haka Competition in the southern city of Christchurch.
It features Bollywood billboards, tattooed Kapa Haka dancers from New Zealand and a 30ft-high Rainbow of Wishes, made from 4,000 individual, handdrawn messages to the Queen collected from around the Commonwealth.
The performance of the Kapa Haka dance - made famous by rugby's All Blacks - is a Tattoo first.
Next March, it is hoped the waka will be in Lyttelton for the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival and, in April, it will sail to Wellington for the Anzac Day centennial commemorations of the Gallipoli campaign.