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Viva la Manawatu - Kapa Haka from Local Schools

Viva la Manawatu - Kapa Haka from Local Schools

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  • Mon 26 Sep ’11, 12:30pm
  • Tue 27 Sep ’11, 12:30pm
  • Thu 29 Sep ’11, 12:30pm
  • Fri 30 Sep ’11, 12:30pm
  • Sun 2 Oct ’11, 12:30pm


Square Edge, 47 The Square, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The term kapa haka (kapa meaning 'rank' or 'row' and haka refers to a Māori dance) is commonly known in Aotearoa as 'Maori performing arts' or the 'cultural dance' of Maori people. Kapa haka is an avenue for Maori people to express their heritage and cultural identity through song and dance.

It can be said that Kapa haka dates back to pre-European times where it developed from all traditional forms of Maori pastimes; haka, mau rakau (Maori weaponry), poi (tiny ball attached to rope or string) and moteatea (traditional Maori songs). The significance of these everyday activities were influential to the development of kapa haka.

A kapa haka performance involves choral singing, dance and movements associated in the hand-to-hand combat practised by Māori in pre-colonial times, presented in a synchronisation of action, timing, posture, footwork and sound. The genre evolved out of a combination of European and Māori musical principles.

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