TREO282-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Kapa Haka - Introducing Maori Performing Arts

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


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.  TREO282 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.  

TREO282 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.

TREO282 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 and 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


Any 15 points at 100 level from MAOR, MUSA, or
TREO, or
60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


MAOR265, MAOR282, TREO382, MUSA252

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Grant Kururangi


Grant Kururangi and Grant Kururangi

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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 TREO282 Occurrences

  • TREO282-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022