Kapa Haka

Kapa Haka

Ko te kupu nei te “Kapa Haka” he tirohanga whānui ki ngā mahi toi Māori, ārā ngā mahi haka, waiata ā ringa, te tū pakari, te kori tinana, te pūkana, te whakakotahitanga o te katoa.

The term ‘kapa haka’ refers to a broad range of Māori performing arts combining stance, posture, movement and expression to form a single whole.

Kapa Haka (including waiata tira, waiata a ringa, poi and haka) is an integral part of Westland High School. Westland High Schools Kapa Haka group is very successful and has won many awards and accolades over the years including:

  • Te Ahurei O Te Tai O Poutini Senior Overall Winner in 2012 & 2016
  • Te Ahurei O Te Tai O Poutini Senior Whakaeke Award Winner in 2016

Kapa Haka gives students the opportunity to learn Maori culture by participation and performance, develop a sense of one’s own individuality and provide a sense of unity and belonging as part of a larger group or whole.  

Senior students play a key role in Westland High Schools Kapa Haka, showing what they, as young leaders, can achieve by way of doing. They become the mentors to our juniors and show healthy pathways that they to can follow and aspire to.

For further enquiries please contact Matua Bussy: matuabussy@westlandhigh.school.nz

View the link for an experience of Westland High School Kapa Haka  or visit the Westland High School Hokitika Facebook page to see more.