What is Kapa Haka? Kapa = stand in a row, haka= to dance. Haka on its own is powerful. Kapa haka brings a multidimensional context to the haka and surrounds it with a rich tapestry of action songs, poi, dress, movement and grace.
At Feilding High School we offer all students the opportunity to join the Kapa haka group Te Rau Huia. Te Rau means the feather. We consider Kapa haka to be the cultural feather of the three feathers in our school logo, the other feathers representing the academic and sport. As members of the group students then may choose to become part of the performance group.
Opportunities for performing include school poowhiri and assemblies, Ngaa Manu Koorero regional Speech competitions, Pae Rangatahi Kapa haka festivals (held bi-annually) and Pae Taiohi regional Secondary School Kapa haka competitions (also held bi-annually).
The benefits of joining the Kapa haka group are many. Students have the opportunity:
Learn Te Reo Maaori through learning songs
Build relationships with each other irrespective of their year level or culture
Experience aspects of tikanga Maaori and Maaori culture beyond learning Te Reo Maaori as a subject
Learn waiata, poi, mooteatea (chants) haka and games from experienced and committed tutors
Experience performing before their peers, whaanau and the community
Gain NCEA credits in Maaori Performing Arts at Level 3
Participating in Kapa haka encourages confidence and develops leadership skills in students. Students who represent the school at Kapa haka do so with pride. A high standard of behaviour and dress is expected at all times from performers.
This year the group is preparing to travel to Rarotonga to perform at local primary and secondary schools. On alternate years is the Pae Taiohi regional competition held mid year at the Regent Theatre in Palmerston North. We have entered this competition since its inception in 2005. At the last competition in 2015 we narrowly missed qualifying for the Nationals. This year's group promises to be even stronger.
To join the group a student needs only to attend practices regularly. This year practices are held on Tuesdays from 5:15 - 7:30pm and on Fridays at lunch and Reading. Whaanau are encouraged to support these students by attending hui and they are welcome at all practices.
Noho marae (marae stayovers) are held at least once a term at a local marae. The first of these is March 4th - 5th at Kauwhata marae.
Any enquires about joining the group should come to Whaea Lee HOD Maaori, T.I.C. Kapa Haka or PÄ Kevin Waho 06 323 4029 extn 729