Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua-ā-Motu 2008
36 of New Zealand’s top secondary school Kapa Haka teams competed for top honours at the National Secondary School Māori Performing Arts Competition. They presented many high-energy performances! .. just like this impromptu one in front of Parliament .. the sound of the haka chants could be heard hundreds of metres away ... it made the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
“I’m passionate about Kapa Haka, because it’s an opportunity to for rangatahi and to demonstrate their contribution to maintaining te reo Maori. There is certainly a high level of artistic talents in Maori Performing Arts,” Nanaia Mahuta, MP said.
“These young people have practiced for months. It takes dedication, not just for the performers but for their tutors and their whanaau.” Kapa haka combines dance, song, rhythm, and harmony to tell a story. It’s unique and it’s indigenous to our great country. Groups went through regional competition, where the top schools were selected for the national competition. The nationals, which is part of Wellington’s Matariki (Maori New Year) celebrations, and Nanaia Mahuta is impressed with the commitment shown by the representatives of the 14 rohe involved in this year’s event.