MAOR282-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Kapa Haka - Introducing Maori Performing Arts

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


Designed for Maori and non-Maori, performance competent and new learners, language and non-language students this course takes the class on a journey of exploration to a high level of performance. Course content includes study of the mythological and traditional origins and customs of performing arts from moteatea (traditional song), poi (ball dance), waiata a-ringa (action song), haka and the art of warfare and mau rakau (weaponry - ti rakau, titi torea, hapai rakau, taiaha, patu). The course also covers the role of male and female leaders, biographies of important composers and the renaissance of kapa haka and its place in Maori culture and society. Students learn a full performance bracket which includes a distinctive Ngai Tahu component as well as a selection of historical and sacred classic tribal anthems.

He tina ki runga, he tāmore ki raro - In order to flourish above, one must be firmly rooted below.  MAOR282 is an introductory course in Māori performing arts that blends knowledge and practice.  If you have ever wanted to know why the All Blacks haka or people sing at Māori events, or if you have ever wanted to be able to confidently haka or lead a waiata, this course is a great place to start.  One of the most enjoyable aspects of this course is that the class prepares as a whole learns an entire kapa haka set, including a haka, waiata-a-ringa (songs with hand movements) and poi.  

MAOR282 will also teach you about significant Māori composers and leaders – those people that shaped the world of Māori performing arts and the role it plays in modern Māori society.  Most of all, this paper gives you a fun and unique opportunity to experience Te Reo Māori in a rich, team based environment.

MAOR282 is a dynamic paper that will suit students looking for a fun entry or seeking to build comfort and confidence to work within Te Ao Māori.  

The All blacks have taken the haka Ka Mate! around the globe. Now performed spontaneously at weddings and welcomes, how much do we know about haka’s like this as a practicality and performance, questions are considered:
• What is Kapa Haka exactly, what is the history, wisdom, and how does it serves the people today and historically?
• What are the aspects encompassing Māori performance and why are they used, what is the place of smiles, weapons, aggression, bulging eyes and extended tongue?
• When the All blacks perform a haka, how should other teams respond, are they right to be offended at times?
• Knowing a history of a performed piece, the intention and story it tells, is it ok for haka to be performed by American football teams? What does a flawed performance mean for Māori?

Themes raised in this course are
• The act of putting shyness aside with warmth support in becoming a Kapa
• Qualities of Māori performance, ihi, wihi, wana
• Cultural Appropriation and ownership
• Expressing indigenous knowledge though Performance
• Haka, Poi, Waiata, Moteatea, Kanikani

Course Goals
• Understand the exploding world of Māori performance and the meanings and structure of common aspects.
• Greater comfort in things Māori leading to better relationships with Māori
• Experience the strength and exhilaration emanating from performing Kapa haka
• Gain an informed opinion about cultural appropriation of things Māori

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
Students will

  • Understand the different performances that make up kapa haka
  • Understand the meaning behind different kapa haka performances
  • Be introduced to the long history of Kapa haka performance
  • Connect with the lessons through basic performance as a group

    Why this Paper?
    Māori culture is integral in New Zealand and therefore papers that explore the depth of knowledge in Māori apply to numerous pathways
  • All government agencies
  • Community roles especially in Māori and Iwi sectors
  • Professional social services
  • Health sector roles
  • Kaupapa Māori Research
  • Police
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Translation
  • Sales and marketing
  • Media
  • Leadership and Management

    Transferrable Skills
    This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills:
  • Analytic
  • Listening
  • Communication
  • Performing
  • Increased confidence
  • Cultural awareness
  • Leadership
  • Team work
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Any 15 points in 100 level course in MAOR or TREO, or 30 points in 100 level courses in Arts, Education, Fine Arts, Music and Social Work, or by permission of the Head of School.


TREO282, MAOR265, MAOR382, TREO382, MUSA252

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Te Ao Marama 253 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Te Ao Marama 253 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct


Komene Kururangi

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Aotahi School of Maori and Indigenous Studies.

All MAOR282 Occurrences

  • MAOR282-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018